STI Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

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Aquatic Therapy

Because individualized care leads to better outcomes.

STI Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is committed to serving the community with high quality physical and occupational rehabilitation provided by dedicated, caring professionals who promote and contribute to the patients’ achievement of optimal life function.

At STi, we understand the advantages of aquatic therapy for many different types of patients.

  • Buoyancy of the water decreases pressure and compressive force on joints, including vertebra in the spine. When patients are submerged in water, the weight pressing down on the body is reduced by up to 90%. When the water is up to your waist, pressure is reduced by 50%. This can be helpful for rehab after injury or surgery, especially during the healing process when land-based exercises may be difficult or impossible.
  • Reduced swelling: The pressure of the water helps move fluid from the injured area back into the body. Decreased swelling is essential for regaining the strength and motion needed for recovery.
  • Decreased pain: Water slows and buffers movement, which then decreases the incidence of pain during and after exercise. Warm water helps to decrease muscle spasms as well.
  • Ease of movement: Water supports and assists movement. It offers a safe and reduced pain setting so that you can focus on regaining strength and range of motion.
  • Faster progress: Aerobic conditioning can often be performed in the water even when it may be too soon or too difficult to do in the gym. Balancing in the water challenges your core, and as a result sports-specific activity can begin earlier than it can on land. Aqua running can produce cardiovascular results with less impact on your joints.

The Pool:


Designed by a therapist for optimal rehabilitation programs:

  • Uses salt water for reduced chlorine.
  • Water temperature is at 92 degrees.
  • Depth range of 3-5 feet and 50-foot high ceilings for safety.
  • Abundance of natural light.
  • Situated in a Green Building for environmental responsibility and resource efficiency.
  • Multitude of aquatic exercise tools and equipment.
  • Shallow step entry with a railing.
  • Equipped with a lift for accessibility.
  • Showers and lockers with complementary locks are available.
  • Jacuzzi kept at a moderate temperature.

The Therapy:


One on one, individually tailored therapy sessions with caring and experienced therapists:

  • Aquatic Certified specialists available.
  • Therapist stays in the water with you.
  • Methods include WATSU, Bad Radgaz, Halliwick, gait analysis and improvement of balance, stability and more.

Our Program


After completing your therapy, there is a myriad of community-directed and independent classes for continued use of the pool.

  • Red Cross certified arthritis and fibromyalgia classes.
  • Pain management groups.
  • Swimming lessons by a certified water safety instructor and lifeguard.
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