Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that is performed in the water. Water can be a huge help in treatment because its buoyancy provides support. It helps to decrease your weight bearing and can assist in performing exercises that you might struggle to perform on land. Aquatic therapy can help with a variety of problems. Most common are arthritis, back and joint pain, post orthopedic surgery, and general muscle weakness. Aquatic therapy can work for all ages and ability levels.

Our state of the art and pleasantly warm (94° F) Swim Ex therapy pool has been designed to provide an optimum environment for aquatic therapy. It has multiple depths and a current that can be increased to 6 mph to provide added resistance to your workout. Your focus will be on increasing your strength, endurance and balance while working one-on-one with one of our physical therapists.

Aquatic therapy at Bellevue Medical Center is performed one on one with a trained therapist who has completed specific aquatic therapy courses including an AquaStretch class.  The therapist can also coordinate transitioning the patient out of the pool to land based exercises so the patient can learn to function and perform a home exercise program out of the water.

Common Conditions

  • Back pain/spine rehab
  • Arthritis
  • Sports rehab
  • Balance training
  • General weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post operative surgeries including: (we do provide waterproof dressings for post op incisions)
    • Joint replacements
    • Fractures
    • Arthroscopic
    • Spinal
    • ACL/knee surgeries
    • Shoulder surgeries
    • Ankle surgeries


  • 10’ x 14’ Swim Ex therapy pool
  • 6 mph current to provide added resistance training
  • Water temperature is maintained at 92-94 degrees
  • Water depths range from 4’ to 6’ thus allowing for a variety of exercises including deep water work
  • Various pieces of exercise equipment designed specifically for the water including weights and an underwater treadmill
  • Entry into the pool by stairs or by a chair lift
  • Locker rooms equipped with lockers, bathrooms and showers for patient use

For more information on the aquatic therapy services offered at the Bellevue Medical Center or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 402-763-3740 or fax us at 402-763-3196.