Water possesses unique properties that make it crucial to the healing arts. Its ability to render a body weightless, while providing gentle natural resistance, makes water an excellent tool in a wide range of therapy options.
When Muenster Memorial Hospital built its new therapy and rehab center in 2010, a therapy pool was included in the design. Although a costly addition, it was felt that many in the area could benefit from aquatic therapy. Today, the 112-‐square-‐foot pool serves a variety of patients – from those recovering from joint replacement to those whose bodies are so constricted from disease or injury that motion is not attainable through traditional measures. “We have seen remarkable improvement in patients with osteoarthritis and cerebral palsy,” stated Mark Basco, a physical therapist who works with the aquatic therapy program. “The warmth of the water can significantly increase range of motion in muscles and joints.”
Muenster Memorial Hospital offers the only therapy pool in Cooke and Montague counties. Aquatic therapy provides patients a way to achieve goals that may not be possible using traditional land-based therapies.
“Aquatic therapy has combined the healing properties of water with powerful therapy jets, an underwater treadmill and massage system to lessen arthritic pain, chronic pain, fibromyalgia; enhance post-‐surgery recovery; and bring relief for other health conditions,” Basco noted. “Research shows that patients utilizing aquatic therapy have faster rehab outcomes with less pain.”
To see if aquatic therapy can help you meet your physical goals, contact the MMH Rehabilitation Center staff at (940) 759-‐6198.
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