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Jump in the Pool at Good Shepherd Physical Therapy
Written by Contributed by Jacob Derstine, DPT, and Gail Metzger, MS, OTR, of Good Shepherd Physical Therapy-East Greenville.
2014-09-24

        Good Shepherd Physical Therapy in East Greenville responded to the growing rehabilitation needs of our community here in the valley and recently expanded its site at 622 Gravel Pike to include a warm-water therapy pool. The pool is available to Good Shepherd patients and community members who may benefit from the warm water therapy.

        The pool is heated to 94 degrees Fahrenheit and has three different depths – from 3.5 feet to 7 feet. Support bars and an automatic lift assist patients in getting in and out of the pool. Additional pool and therapy equipment, such as leg weights, resistance paddles and therapeutic jets, are available.

        Aquatic therapy in a warm-water pool can help reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve daily function for people with physical limitations. When therapeutic exercises are done in the warm water, stiff muscles relax, joints loosen, stress is reduced and pain is decreased. Many people feel they can move better in the pool than on land and their joints and muscles feel better when they are in the pool. This is because the water supports body weight and reduces the pressure placed on joints.

        Medical conditions that benefit from warm-water therapy include: arthritis, low-back pain, traumatic injuries, Parkinson's, chronic pain, post stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

        Good Shepherd Physical Therapy is part of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, which has served the Lehigh Valley region and beyond for more than 106 years. The staff at the East Greenville outpatient site has more than 100 years of combined experience. They are experts in rehabilitation, including aquatherapy, and are committed to excellent outcomes and compassionate care.

        For more information or schedule an appointment, call 215-679-4105 or visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org .


 

 

 

 

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