NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has an Aquatic Physical Therapy Program. Often referred to as "pool therapy," aquatic therapy can be a very effective compliment to your physical therapy program. The pool is heated to 98° Fahrenheit and is a comfortable place to perform exercises and activities that may be too difficult for you to do outside of the water. The pool is staffed with a physical therapist assistant who is trained to evaluate and treat people using the principles of aquatic physical therapy.

Who May Benefit from Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic physical therapy requires a physician's prescription. Your doctor and your physical therapist will let you know if aquatic therapy is recommended for you. We provide aquatic therapy to outpatients who have pain or difficulty with movement as a result of:

  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Spinal stenosis

What Kinds of Exercises Are Done in the Pool?

Aquatic therapy includes mobility exercises, strengthening, stretching, and walking exercises. We have a range of equipment available in the pool, including a treadmill, an exercise table, chairs, and parallel bars, as well as floatation devices and resistive equipment. If necessary, you can be transferred into and out of the pool with a chair or stretcher lift. We provide the equipment and staff necessary for you to have a safe and beneficial experience.

Aquatic Therapy