Aquatic Therapy

Therapist in a swimming pool with a patient 

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Water offers a safe, buoyant environment for individuals recovering from sports-related injuries, orthopedic surgery, or a painful musculoskeletal injury. Gaylord’s pool is maintained at 94 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmth of the water helps restore joint mobility during therapeutic exercises, promote increased circulation, and reduce pain. Additionally, the buoyant environment produces an unloading effect on painful joints and body regions, allowing fuller range of motion with less discomfort. Our therapists will work closely with you to devise an individualized exercise program to suit your rehab needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of conditions can benefit from aquatic therapy?

Aquatic Therapy offers benefits for a wide range of patients who’ve experienced surgery, injury or pain including:

  • Post-Operative Care
  • Spine Pain/Injury
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis/Joint Pain

Will my first aquatic therapy session be in the water?

Your physical therapist will first perform an evaluation on land to review your history and discuss your goals. After determining the best plan of care, incorporating your current strengths and weaknesses, your therapist will discuss his or her recommendations with you. Your next session will begin in the pool.

Do I have to be able to swim to do aquatic therapy?

The therapeutic pool is only about four feet deep. You don't need to know how to swim. However, you do need to be at ease moving around in the water. Please discuss your comfort level with being in the pool with your physical therapist. 

Will people be swimming in the pool while I have aquatic therapy?

No, there are two separate pools and all swimmers will be in the other pool while you are receiving aquatic therapy. 

Will my insurance cover aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy is part of a physical therapy plan and is billed as a therapeutic treatment under physical therapy benefits. Our staff will check your therapy benefits before your evaluation and will discuss any uncovered portion with you. 

Information and Appointments

Call: (203) 230-9226


Gaylord Hospital Gaylord Wellness Center Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Guilford
Gaylord Hospital

Gaylord Farm Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-2800

Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics
and Sports Medicine

8 Devine Street

North Haven, CT 06473

203-230-9226 / 203-284-2818 Sleep Medicine

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare