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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!

    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!

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    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.

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    Mary M. 2020

    — Mary M., Posted November 25, 2020

    A+ experience! Excellent communication, transparent plans for improvement and a great environment! I’ve gained more mobility, lessened pain, and am excited to keep my progress!


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    -Cliff C.


    — Cliff C., Posted November 23, 2020

    When I first came to Rock Run Physical Therapy, I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder. I would avoid using it as much as possible. Now, at the end of my sessions, I am experiencing very little pain. Everyone at Rock Run has been very friendly and professional. They listen to my issues with my shoulder and try different techniques and methods to alleviate the pain. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to live a pain-free life!

    -Lara B.

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    — Lara B., Posted November 19, 2020

    I have enjoyed my stay here. I wish all my friends could have this experience. I feel sooo much better because of my time here!! Everyone is so thoughtful and caring! I will miss all of you!!

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    Stella S. 2020

    — Stella S., Posted November 17, 2020

    I came to Rock Run after having shoulder replacement surgery. The staff immediately made me feel comfortable and confident I would have a well-functioning shoulder joint. Just a few months later and I do. Loved the warm, friendly and professional staff. Jerrin, Brittnee and Sara are all the best! Their knowledge and techniques are right on the mark and definitely just what I needed. Thanks to all at Rock Run.

    -Barbara L.

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    — Barbara L., Posted November 7, 2020

    From my first phone call to setting up and scheduling appointments, for the prehab work, to the actual physical therapy experience, Rock Run is an exemplary team of great professionals. Josh and staff, you’re the BEST and I really appreciate all of the help you gave me on my pre and post knee replacement journey. I am feeling stronger every day! Thank you all so much!!!

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    Jill R. 2020

    — Jill R., Posted November 6, 2020

    Rock Run, and specifically Jerrin and Brittnee saved me. Before therapy I was limping and in pain! I worked with Rock Run for pre-op therapy to prepare for a total knee replacement, and then after the surgery for recovery. I believe the physical therapy I received through Rock Run accelerated my recovery and after 6 weeks post-op, my surgeon said I had met the 3-month goals! Thanks Rock Run, Jerrin, Brittnee and all!

    -Lynette G.

    5 Stars

    — Lynette G., Posted November 6, 2020

    Had a lot of tension in neck. Had hard time moving it from side to side. Started therapy with bands, heat, and stretches. After 2 weeks twice a week I could feel a difference. Less neck pain and able to move neck a lot better. Also started the dry needling and I loved that so after 6 weeks twice a week I have very little to no neck pain or headaches (didn’t mention that above – neck pain caused headaches). I would recommend Rock Run to anyone who needs therapy. The whole staff is so nice and always so friendly. Thanks Rock Run for all your help. Now I can do my exercises at home to keep up my health (no more neck or headache pain).

    5 Stars

    Amanda H. 2020

    — Amanda H., Posted November 2, 2020

    I was having pain and tingling/numbness in my left arm. I had a lot of discomfort, which intensified with my sleep. After working with Josh for about six weeks, the pain is gone, tingling is minimal, my neck is more flexible, and I’m feeling great! My sleep is undisturbed. Thanks Rock Run for making this a safe place where I can come to get the help I needed. And Josh – you’re the best!

    5 Stars

    Ruth C. 2020

    — Ruth C., Posted November 1, 2020

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