Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is an alternative form of rehabilitation that uses a comfortable, low-impact and pain-free exercise environment to help patients regain strength, flexibility, endurance and mobility. Houston Methodist’s aquatic therapy facilities offer the latest technology, including underwater treadmills, therapy jets, flotation devices and chairlifts for patients requiring assistance entering or exiting the pool. Our specially trained aquatic therapists are prepared to evaluate your needs and develop a customized plan for your rehabilitation.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
The use of water has many unique properties that make it the ideal environment for rehabilitation.
  • Buoyancy allows for easier body movements and makes it is easier to stand for longer periods of time and move stiff joints.
  • The natural resistance increases muscle strength and allows for smooth, non-jerky movements.
  • The pressure of water on the body increases the dynamics of blood pressure, which can help strengthen the heart and challenge the lungs. This can significantly benefit patients with conditions like venous stasis (a complication from poor circulation in the legs).
  • Warm water helps relax tense and constricted muscles, soothes aching joints, and allows a wider range of motion in affected areas.

Conditions Treated by Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy may be recommended for your recovery from a wide range of conditions: 
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Hip bursitis and replacements
  • Injuries and disorders affecting muscles, bones and joints
  • Joint replacements
  • Knee scopes and replacements
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Rehabilitation following stroke or brain injury

 Our therapists work closely with your surgeon to develop a rehabilitation plan specific to your needs and get you back to normal activity.


Houston Methodist provides aquatic therapy at the following convenient Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine locations.