Therapeutic movement is a critical component of physical therapy, but some patients may find certain exercises and activities difficult to perform in the dry land environment of the therapy gym. Aquatic therapy and the properties of water can provide body weight support that reduces pain while helping to improve flexibility, strength, and gait. And, through the use of devices that can lift, lower, and provide safe transport into and out of the water, the benefits of the aquatic environment can be extended to individuals affected by a mobility impairment. A variety of pools for all spaces, lifts, and activity accessories are detailed in this section.
Triton One-Piece Pool
The Triton is the newest addition to the Fall River, Mass-based SwimEx line of hydrotherapy pools and plunge tanks. This easy-to-maintain fiberglass pool has a wide-open interior layout with room for one-on-one protocols or group sessions. The Triton comes with easy access stairs, rear benches for seated exercise, and massage jets, and its advanced water current has 99 speeds. The pool can be installed above or below ground, and integrated treadmills and custom interior layouts are available.
For more information, contact SwimEx, (800) 877-7946; www.swimex.com
Water-Powered Pool Lifts
For the past 31 years, Aquatic Access, Louisville, Ky, has designed and manufactured a line of swimming pool and spa lifts that provide disabled access into water using city water pressure as the power source. The water is then recycled into the pool. No batteries or electricity is needed to operate these lifts, making Aquatic Access products truly “green” and energy-efficient. The company’s engineers can customize designs for hospitals or rehab facilities as well as for the needs of the person at home. Standard lifts have a capacity of 300 to 400 pounds, depending on model. Custom bariatric designs are available with the ability to lift up to 800 pounds.
For more information, contact Aquatic Access, (502) 425-5817; [email protected]
HydroWorx, Middletown, Pa, announces that its newest product released in 2018—the HydroWorx 200—is made for small spaces and existing facilities. For locations that never had the space or budget to offer aquatic therapy, the HydroWorx 200 aims to be the ideal solution, fitting into a compact 100 square feet and fitting through a standard 36-inch door. Designed specifically for rehabilitation, the HydroWorx 200 utilizes warm water and its underwater treadmill technology to give facilities a competitive advantage and deliver superior outcomes.
For more information, contact HydroWorx, (800) 753-9633; www.hydroworx.com
Water Walking Assistant
Sprint Aquatics, Oceano, Calif, provides the Water Walking Assistant (item #698) as a tool to improve balance and gait by providing support to the upper body while helping to increase strength in the legs. The superior-quality PVC makes for uncompromising integrity, and the oversized foam provides both comfort and buoyancy. The handles are padded. Sizes: Inside measurements: XSmall – 11″x17″ approx 2 pounds; Small – 11″x22″ approx 2.5 pounds; Medium – 13″x24″ approx 4 pounds; Large – 15″x24″ approx 5 pounds. Outside Sizes: XSmall – 16″x32″ approx 2 pounds; Small – 16″x38″ approx 2.5 pounds; Medium – 18″x40″ approx 4 pounds; Large – 20″x40″ approx 5 pounds. Made in the USA.
For more information, contact Sprint Aquatics, (800) 235-2156; www.sprintaquatics.com
SureHands Wheelchair-to-Water Lift
The welcoming buoyant and soothing effects of water can benefit both body and mind. Aquatic therapy offers the advantages of reduced body weight, causing less stress on joints and providing water resistance to challenge the muscles. The SureHands Motorized Wheelchair-to-Water Lift from SureHands Lift & Care Systems, Pine Island, NY, is compact, ergonomically designed, transportable, and is built to provide safe and easy pool access by taking the user directly from the wheelchair into the water with the press of a button. It is designed to eliminate the struggling associated with manual lifting on wet pool decks. A variety of pool lifts are available along with the SureHands Body Support, PVC slings, and other transferring accessories to accommodate special needs.
For more information, contact SureHands Lift & Care Systems, (800) 724-5305; www.surehands.com
AquaFit Underwater Treadmill System
Hudson Aquatic Systems, Angola, Ind, is now offering salt water bath products, in addition to underwater treadmills and custom pools, to customers who treat athletes, sports teams, and rehab patients. The new CET CryoSpas units are cold salt water therapy products that aim to support faster recovery, help reduce fatigue, improve performance, and minimize the risk of injuries in athletes. Daily treatment can be an integral part of therapy strategy for many professional sport clubs. The company can provide additional details about how aquatic therapy or cryotherapy can be incorporated with a team or facility.
For more information, contact Hudson Aquatic Systems, (888) 206-7802; www.hudsonaquatic.com