What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical and occupational therapy. It not only improves motion and flexibility, but also the warmth of 92°F water provides therapeutic effects to allow a patient's muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain. Through an arrangement with the Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, Tri-County Health Care offers access to one of the area's premiere therapy pools. Paired with our highly skilled and trained staff, patients can expect one of the most comprehensive therapy programs in central Minnesota.
With Tri Aquatic Therapy, swimming is not a prerequisite and all activity consists of exercises performed in the water with therapist supervision or assistance. Patients can perform exercises while utilizing an automated lift chair to lower them in and out of the water. Depending on individual capabilities, patients may also stand or sit on the built-in bench in the water, hold onto the side of the pool or use a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.
We also offer an aquatic exercise class for expectant mothers who are looking for a way to maintain good overall health during and following pregnancy. This class works to address a full body fitness education including low-impact aerobic exercise with stretching, strengthening and range of motion activities for the entire body. To learn more or to register for this class, click here.
Consistent with physical therapy, aquatic therapy services are generally covered by most insurance plans; however, our staff is happy to discuss any insurance questions you may have. No matter your concern or age, aquatic therapy is an excellent option.
To inquire if Tri Aquatic Therapy may be right for you, call 218-924-2250 in Bertha, 218-631-7475 in Wadena or 218-548-5580 in Henning, or check with your physician.
Tri-County Health Care - Bertha Physical Therapy Clinic
Tri-County Health Care - Wadena Rehabilitation Clinic
Tri-County Health Care - Henning Physical Therapy Clinic
Other patient services include:
Water's natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and lessens compressive forces, making exercises much easier to perform than on land. Best of all, aquatic therapy can be used even if a patient does not know how to swim.
The benefits are many, but here a few:
- Stimulates body awareness, balance and stability
- Improves range of motion
- Increases muscular strength and core stabilization
- Contributes to overall relaxation
- Improves joint flexibility
- Reduces pain and comprehensive forces on the spine and joints
- Athletic enhancement
- Improves patient morale and confidence by providing a positive medium in which to function
Aquatic therapy is a wonderful option for individuals of all ages who may be experiencing the following:
- Neck & Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Knee, Hip & Ankle Conditions
- Shoulder Concerns
- Difficulty with Balance or Walking
- Cervical Pain
- Expectant/postpartum mothers
- Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis
- Chronic pain
- Post Surgery Orthopedic Conditions
- Neurological Disorders
- Children with Disabilities
Providing the very best in evidence based treatment, our experienced staff will be with you in every stage of your journey.
Stacey Callahan, PT, DPT
Mark Pearson, PTA, MT
Jeremy Meyer, PT, DPT, Senior Physical Therapist
Lora Foust, OTR/L, SCLV
Andrea Pettit, PTA
Travis Rasinski, DPT, CLT, Senior Physical Therapist
Tri Aquatics Courses
Tri Aquatics Moms Course
GOAL: To help expectant or new mothers maintain good overall health during and following pregnancy, to reduce pain associated with later stages of pregnancy and to improve general stabilization. This one-hour session will address full-body fitness education including low-impact aerobic exercise, stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion activities.
BENEFITS: Water is a phenomenal environment in which to achieve strength, motion and reduced pain. The buoyancy of water supports your body’s weight and reduces the pressure on joints and the spine.
- Reduces pain in back, legs and between shoulders
- Reduces swelling and pressure in lower extremities
- Improves muscle tone and control in comfortable exercise positions
- Improves activity and free motion during later stages of pregnancy
- Produces relaxation and reduces tension
Conditions or situations where aquatic therapy would not be used:
- Ruptured membranes
- Significant heart disease
- Significant lung disease
- Persistent bleeding in second or third trimester
- Placenta previa after 26 weeks gestation
- Premature labor
- Incompetent cervix
- Viral infection, communicable diseases
Moms Courses are held quarterly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center. Register online here. For more information, contact 218-631-7475. (Limit 10 people)
Tri Aquatics Arthritis
GOAL: Tri Aquatics Arthritis is designed to soothe arthritis pain in those 50 or older using aquatic therapy in a private, warm water pool. In a small group setting, expert therapists will show you gentle aerobic exercises and stretches to help you manage your arthritis pain.
BENEFITS: The unique properties of water cannot be duplicated on land, and when harnessed by a skilled therapist, they can treat patients of all ability levels and ages.Buoyancy
- Reduces joint stress
- Decreases splinting
- Increases freedom of movement
- Reduces swelling in lower extremities
- Prevents blood from pooling in lower extremities
- Create a desensitization effect
- Enhances strengthening
- Produces full-body relaxation
- You are older than 50
- You have arthritis pain
- You are searching for an effective way to manage your pain
For more information, call 218-631-7475.