Aquatic Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy at St. John's Rehab South

    Aquatic therapy uses the properties of water to assist patients in their rehabilitation.

    Performing therapy exercises in a 90-degree warm water pool decreases the amount of weight placed on muscles, joints and bones and provides support for individuals who have trouble maintaining their balance.

    Having water surround the body also helps blood circulate from the legs to the heart, often reducing any swelling in the ankles and feet. And, depending on the speed of movement, water can either assist or resist movement to strengthen muscle.

    At St. John’s Rehab South, patients generally work one-on-one with their therapist or in small groups.

    Individuals with a variety of conditions may benefit from aquatic therapy. They include:

    • Arthritis
    • Back injuries
    • General bone and joint injuries
    • Joint replacements
    • Neurological conditions, such as stroke
    • Sports injuries

    Requirements to begin

    • Physician referral
    • Initial evaluation by physical or occupational therapist before first pool session. Any special concerns or problems may be addressed during this evaluation and later sessions.
    • Swimming skills are not needed

    Aquatic therapy for total joint replacement patients

    This program is for individuals who have had a knee or hip replacement and have been released from the care of their surgeon and therapist(s). Participants perform exercises in our warm water therapy pool. These exercises can help maintain the health of your total joint replacement for years to come. A physician’s referral is required.

    To register, call Rehab South at (217) 535-3685 and tell the representative that you are registering for an aquatic therapy program.

    Please note that aquatic therapy for total joint replacement patients is not covered by private insurance or Medicare. Payment (cash or check) is due at the time of service.

    To learn more about aquatic therapy at St. John's Rehab South facility, call (217) 535-3685.