Aquatic therapy at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital provides many benefits when patients are not ready for the challenges of full weight-bearing activity during gym-based therapy. Our warm water pool not only encourages physical activity for patients who would otherwise be inactive or have limited movement, but also helps improve the body’s overall circulation for those recovering from accidents or surgery.
Water has many unique properties that make it the ideal environment for physical therapy.
Aquatic therapy may be recommended for patients recovering from a wide range of conditions:
Aquatic therapy requires a physician referral. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Therapy sessions last approximately 45 minutes with a specially trained therapist in the shallow pool to assist patients with proper techniques. Patients do not need to know how to swim to benefit from aquatic therapy. Patients complete an initial evaluation with a physical therapist during their first visit to develop a customized plan of care before beginning aquatic therapy on the next visit. The overall goal of the program is to teach each patient what they need to know to safely continue on their own in a community pool after discharge or transition to a gym-based program when appropriate.
The aquatic therapy pool is located in Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Center for Rehabilitation, a 6,000-square foot facility on the first floor of the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion. For more information, call 281-737-4746.