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Aquatic Therapy in Utah

What is Aquatic Therapy?


Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy in Utah.For years, therapists have realized positive results when applying this water modality to a variety of patient populations. Water has been, and still remains, the best environment to achieve full function regardless of the injury. Water improves motion and flexibility. The warmth of the water (92*F) and its massaging effects allow muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain. The natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and lessens compressive forces, hence 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.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:
  • Warm water facilitates muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation.
  • Viscosity of water provides resistance for strength training.
  • Warm water stimulates body awareness, balance, and trunk stability.
  • The reduction of gravitational forces in the pool allows the patient to stand and begin gait training and strengthening exercises without causing further damage to healing structures.
  • Warm water and buoyancy results in decreased pain sensitivity.
  • Improvement of patient morale and confidence can be established by providing a positive medium in which to function.

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    Our Aquatic Rehabilitation Program



    Our Utah aquatic rehabilitation program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water. Swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Patients can perform each exercise while standing in the water, holding onto the side of the pool or using a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.

    Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for:
    • Low back pain
    • Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
    • Neurological and orthopedic injuries
    • Post-surgical debilitation
    • Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness

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    Patient Testimonials

    We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

    Rock Run in Syracuse was instrumental in my recovery after my shoulder surgery. The staff was awesome in what I needed, or was curious to try. Before surgery I had almost no strength or motion, and now it is about 90% better. After my surgery I couldn’t move my shoulder, and now I can go back to coaching my sons hockey team.

    5 Stars

    Phillip S. 2021

    — Phillip S., Posted February 25, 2021

    When I first started Physical Therapy, I had doubts that it would help with the pain that I had but I was surprised. There have been so many pain free days. I’m almost sad to stop. I would recommend this place to anyone. I appreciate the friendly atmosphere and especially the things Jerrin taught me – and his patience. This place ROCKS.

    5 Stars

    Melody O.

    — Melody O., Posted February 22, 2021

    When I came in my back was so bad, I was unable to do most anything. Josh and his team have worked with me to help me literally get back on my feet. Their expertise in exercises and stretches helped immensely! The pool was remarkable! The team is outstanding!

    5 Stars

    Bradley W. 2021

    — Bradley W., Posted February 12, 2021

    I think you guys have a perfect team. Excellent job by everyone being on time, clean, and very nice. I am happy with my results here!

    5 Stars

    Sun Cha T. 2021

    — Sun Cha T., Posted February 10, 2021

    I broke my elbow, but when it healed, I couldn’t extend my arm straight. After seven visits of PT, it is almost as straight as my other arm and much stronger. I can do the activities I used to with only minimal limitation or pain. It feels so much better! Thank you Brenda, Bailee and PT team.

    5 Stars

    Shawn C. 2020

    — Shawn C, Posted February 6, 2021

    I came to Rock Run Physical Therapy in 2016 for therapy on my right knee replacement and was very please with the care I received, so when it came time to have my left knee done – I came back. I have received the same quality of care as before and each person I have worked with has been professional, friendly, and caring. I recommend Rock Run highly!

    5 Stars

    Susan B. 2020

    — Susan B, Posted February 5, 2021

    When I first came in my shoulder had a very small amount of range of motion. Most movement with the shoulder created some severe pain. Since doing this therapy, increased my range of motion and just have minor pain with just a few exercises. Definitely happy with my experience.

    5 Stars

    Juan B. 2020

    — Juan B, Posted February 4, 2021

    I sustained a shoulder bursa tear and could not perform common movements to get dressed, or do simple household chores without pain. My range of motion improved significantly. The staff are so kind and therapists are fun and competent. Thank you all for improving my quality of life!

    Donette S. 2021

    5 Stars

    — Donette S., Posted January 25, 2021

    My experience at Rock Run was excellent. Everyone has a great attitude. Things were explained to me as to what we were working on and how it helped me. I felt very good about my workouts. I would definitely return for other rehab issues in the future.

    5 Stars

    Jay N. 2020

    — Jay N., Posted January 18, 2021

    I am so thrilled with my experience at Rock Run. After my injury I struggled to get the right care, and I’m so glad that I found you. Brenda, Bailey and JT have been AMAZING to work with. I know that without therapy I would still be struggling with pain, and I’m not sure if I would ever have been able to be doing as well as I am now. Thank You!

    5 Stars

    Kim M. 2020

    — Kim M., Posted January 18, 2021

    I have been coming to Rock Run for six years now but last year I had reverse shoulder replacement in February and a knee replacement in July. I have been coming to therapy since March of this year. Josh has been my main therapist but all of them have worked with me. I’m very pleased with their treatments and helping me. I not only feel they are the best but have become very good friends with them all. They are kind, considerate and professional. Actually, I will miss them.

    5 Stars

    Dorothy N. 2020

    — Dorothy N., Posted January 6, 2021

    Thank you so much! It was so painful to do most any movement especially after surgery. Now I’m walking, bending over and on my way to doing most whatever I want. I’m looking forward to many fun pain free activities. You’re all awesome, friendly and kind. I’ve really enjoyed my visits here.

    Thanks for a Covid FREE environment!!

    5 Stars

    Mary S. 2020

    — Mary S., Posted January 6, 2021

    I was so worried about physical therapy after my shoulder surgery. I had heard stories and thought I would be in constant pain. I’m so glad I was wrong! Brenda and Bailee were amazing and I was never uncomfortable or in pain. Not to mention they are awesome ladies. Everyone at Rock Run took great care of me. I am so glad I came here!

    5 Stars

    Donna B. 2020

    — Donna B., Posted December 30, 2020

    Rock Run is a great place to get PT. the people are very friendly. They get you to your goals by using the best exercises for you. It’s fun coming to PT! They treat you like family and tell you great stories. Highly recommended!

    5 Stars

    Kathy T. 2020

    — Kathy T., Posted December 20, 2020

    My experience at Rock Run has been amazing. I couldn’t have expected anything more out of physical therapy. Jerrin and Brittnee helped me gain my confidence back, and have helped me back to a level of activity I had been missing for over a year. Some days seemed like torture, which I’m sure they enjoyed, but it was absolutely worth it in the end.

    5 Stars

    -Terrance W.

    — Terrance W., Posted December 11, 2020

    I can’t stress enough how great everyone at Rock Run Physical Therapy has been. When I came to see them this time around, I was in so much pain, every step was excruciating and I couldn’t stand for more than 15 minutes at a time, and I was icing my foot for hours a day. Now I can stand and walk around for hours at a time with virtually no pain. I am able to play with my granddaughter and chase her around the house. I love Rock Run Physical Therapy this is the only place I will come to for physical therapy.

    5 Stars

    Monica B. 2020

    — Monica B., Posted December 10, 2020

    I really enjoyed therapy. I was excited to come. They were good to work with me and around my schedule when I had to reschedule. They were patient and encouraging and knew my limitations.

    5 Stars

    Alma H. 2020

    — Alma H., Posted December 7, 2020

    How can I express my satisfaction, 10/10, 5 stars. By far the best physical therapy clinic ever! The staff is friendly and professional and always helpful. I will always come back if needed, loyal client for life.

    5 Stars

    -Karena S.

    — Karena S., Posted December 7, 2020

    One day I awoke in the morning and found I could not walk upright, but pain in the lower back and joints felt debilitating. All day I worked to loosen up and straighten up but could not. So, I called Rock Run PT where I have found help for injuries and recovering from past surgery on my rotator cuff, and knee. Once again, the people at Rock Run were very kind and professional in assessing my needs and beginning a PT program that has reversed my bent over body to being fully functional again. Thankful for Josh, Don, Amanda, Brandon, the receptionists – all wonderful people who make Rock Run a positive experience for those who need it!

    5 Stars

    Darrel T. 2020

    — Darrel T., Posted November 30, 2020

    I had a lot of back pain when I first came in. I feel so much better now. I can climb stairs without pain and walk a good distance. That was my goal – to become a walker again! Thank you all so much.

    5 Stars

    Mary M. 2020

    — Mary M., Posted November 25, 2020

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