Aquatic Therapy Program
Spaulding Outpatient Centers offer Aquatic Therapy for adult and pediatric patients.
Aquatic therapy can benefit patients with conditions such as arthritis, back/neck pain, sprains, strains, or fractures, and for individuals recovering from surgery or seeking a preventative fitness program.
After an initial evaluation, a physical or occupational therapist will work with you to develop a program that can reduce pain, increase strength, enhance balance and stability, increase range of motion, loosen stiff joints, and reduce spasticity while improving overall conditioning.
The Schoen Aquatic Center
The Schoen Aquatic Center at Spaulding’s main campus in Charlestown offers a warm therapeutic pool with both a shallow and deep end, and is handicap accessible.
Therapy Hours: 8:15am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday
For general inquiries, call: 617.952.5153.
In addition to the Outpatient therapy program, Spaulding Boston's Aquatic department runs weekly group classes that are open to the community. Specialty series are also offered for 6 week periods. A prescription is not required to participate. View class descriptions
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Approach to Care
Patients in the Aquatic Therapy Program are evaluated by clinicians and provided with an individualized plan of care consisting of land-based exercise and pool exercises. Our pool therapists create a treatment plan in conjunction with the patient and the patient’s physician, based on orthopedic and neurologic treatment principles.
The Aquatic Therapy Program can benefit patients by allowing them to progress in ways that would be too stressful or challenging in a traditional clinic setting. In the pool, goals can be achieved with less joint and muscle stress than in the traditional clinic environment.
A treatment plan is based upon the patient’s current status including range of motion, strength, balance, pain, weight-bearing status, sensory integration, co-diagnoses, and developmental level for children. Therapists are able to address many deficits in the pool using water’s buoyant properties to assist patients and allow them to exercise more efficiently and comfortably.
Research & Innovation
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is dedicated to researching new treatments in the field of aquatic therapy. Spaulding researchers, including physicians and other clinicians, oversee ongoing research studies and clinical trials such as those listed below.
Aquatic Therapy Equipment
Equipment utilized in the pool includes a hydraulic lift, buoyancy equipment, upper-extremity and lower-extremity resistance equipment, floatation devices, and pool safety equipment.
Aquatic Therapy Techniques
Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi, Burdenko, Pilates, and BackHab