Temperature Recommendations for Aquatic Therapy

Temperature Recommendations for Aquatic Therapy

Postby Dale » Fri Jun 13, 2003 10:17 am

Does anyone know if there are standard water temperatures for aquatic therapy? Goverened by Physical Therapy Guidelines?
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Postby Regan » Sat Jun 14, 2003 12:31 pm

Have you considered checking out the Aquatic PT section of the American Physical Therapy Association for this information? Their contact information is:

7853 E Arapahoe Court, Suite 2100
Centennial, CO 80112-1361
303/694-4728 ext. 60
Fax: 303/694-4869
E-mail: aquaticpt@assnoffice.com
Web Site: http://www.aquaticpt.org/

-Regan Wong, MS, PT, CSCS
Strive! Physical Therapy Centers
http://www.striverehab.com
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Postby ali » Sat Jul 05, 2003 11:21 pm

I don't know what the "official" temperatures are, if any. I work in outpatient rehab services in a wellness center, which has a fitness pool at 83 degrees, a therapy pool at 92 degrees, and a hot tub at about 104 degrees. Our therapy pool is a pretty good size (about 30 ft by 40 ft, 3ft depth to 5 foot depth), but does not go terribly deep, so sometimes we take taller patients into the fitness pool; however, the fitness pool is kept at a temperature appropriate to hard athletic activity, and sometimes patients with back pain will spasm straight back up in the cooler water. I spend four hours a day in the water, and yes, we do notice temperature changes of even a degree or two. Most patients, and especially slow movers, elderly, or children, do better in a warm pool (92+); patients with neuro dysfunctions such as multiple sclerosis may do better in the cool pool.
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Postby AEGIS PT » Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:33 am

ali wrote:Most patients, and especially slow movers, elderly, or children, do better in a warm pool (92+); patients with neuro dysfunctions such as multiple sclerosis may do better in the cool pool.


That is my experience as well (+ or - 2 degrees).

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B.S. - Psychology
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Re: Temperature Recommendations for Aquatic Therapy

Postby Kenway » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:52 am

aquatic exercise is the preferred therapy for many medical conditions. And, in an Endless Pool, you can do aquatic therapy at the ideal temperature and pace for your needs, in total privacy and at your own convenience.
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