Aquatic Therapy

Exercise earlier, more effeciently, and more comfortably.
In partnership with the Stephens Family YMCA

Patients are often able to begin therapy sooner than with land-based exercises.

Is Aquatic Therapy Right for Me?

Aquatic therapy is ideally suited for post-surgical rehab, orthopedic injuries, joint/spine arthritis, as well as those who cannot tolerate land-based exercises. 


Do you have

  • Limited range of motion or flexibility
  • Weakness
  • Impaired endurance

Generalized pain or deconditioning

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia

Post-surgical rehab

  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Hip
  • Knee

Postural & Gait Abnormalities


Orthopedic injuries

Discover if Aquatic Therapy is right for you! Schedule a free consultation.

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy (also known as pool therapy or hydrotherapy) basically means “therapy in water.”

Patients, especially those who are not able to tolerate land-based exercises, are often able to begin therapy sooner because of water’s unique properties. Buoyancy creates less pressure upon weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees. Warm water provides relaxation to muscles/joints and promotes total body circulation. The resistance of the water helps muscles gain strength more safely. 


Take action, reach out, and let’s talk.

The first step toward recovery is to schedule an appointment with us.

What pool does Mettler Center use?

Although Mettler Center does not have its own pool, we have a partnership with the Stephens Family YMCA to use their warm water therapy pool. This pool is separate from the lap pools and the water is kept around 91–92ºF at all times.

What should I expect with treatment?

Aquatic therapy is one-on-one physical therapy in a pool setting. Your first appointment is the initial evaluation (30 minutes) and is done at our Mettler Center location.

Follow up sessions will take place in the Stephens Family YMCA Therapy pool between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your physical therapist may accompany you in the water when necessary or offer direction from the poolside.

Do I need to know how to swim?

Knowing how to swim is not necessary because the water only goes up to five feet in depth and there are several flotation devices available. Because of the COVID pandemic, we advise patients to bring your own swimming gear such as pool noodles.

However, if you are fearful of the water, this could pose a significant challenge for yourself and your therapist. Communicate any concerns with your therapist prior to starting therapy.

What special precautions are there with COVID-19?

You will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the Stephens Family YMCA building; however, not once you are in the pool. The locker rooms are open for changing. 

If you have any questions, please talk with your therapist.

What factors would disqualify me from aquatic therapy?

Aquatic Therapy may not be right for you if you have:

  • Open wounds or skin infections
  • Serious dizziness spells
  • Water or airborne infections
    • Influenza
    • GI infections
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Unstable heart, kidney, or respiratory conditions

Please talk to your doctor or your physical therapist to see if aquatic therapy is right for you.


“Complications from an episode of very debilitating pneumonia left me with severe deconditioning overall, and chronic muscle tightness in my legs. Pool therapy proved the most effective way to build up my strength and stamina, while relaxing tightened leg muscles. Now I can swim for nearly an hour, ride my bicycle for several miles, and hike close to two miles on easy terrain. Thank you, Peggy and Jasmine!”


“Easier movement, less pain. Hopefully furthering my fitness while maintaining…I really couldn’t be more pleased. I’ve experienced improvement and have a plan to go forward.”


“Continuing with the water therapy exercises Jasmine has taught me.”


Aquatic Therapy Physical Therapists

Be treated by a specialist.

Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT  is Doctor of Physical Therapy

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.

Physical therapist, Dr. Peggy Hau, PT, DPT

Peggy Hau, PT, DPT  is a Doctor of Physical Therapy

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.

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