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Aquatic therapy programs

  • Available on an inpatient or outpatient basis

    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers aquatic therapy to both inpatients and outpatients, as well as a variety of exercise programs for individuals and groups.

    Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to help patients with a variety of medical conditions heal and enhance their performance.

    Patients who may benefit are those with acute or chronic injuries or conditions such as arthritis, back and neck injuries, head injuries, chronic pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, joint replacement, orthopedic injuries and neurological disorders.

    Benefits of aquatic therapy

    • decreased swelling
    • increased functional ability
    • increased range of motion
    • decreased pressure on joints
    • treatment of multiple body parts
    • improved cardiovascular endurance
    • increased sensory input
    • three-dimensional resistance with activity.

    Program options

    • conditioning/endurance training
    • trunk stabilization exercises
    • upper/lower extremity strengthening exercises
    • range of motion exercises and joint flexibility
    • gait training
    • training for return to sports activities.

    After a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist, each patient receives an exercise program tailored to meet his/her individual goals and needs.

    Therapists instruct and supervise participants until they demonstrate understanding of the exercises. Some patients may start their therapy in the pool, then progress to land-based therapy if recommended by their therapists as their tolerance to exercise increases.

    After six to eight sessions, participants are discharged and are encouraged to continue their exercise program independently at a Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute aquatic therapy site or at their local health club.

  • Aquatic therapy

    See our Locations page for scheduling phone numbers.

    Independent therapeutic exercise schedule

  • Independent therapeutic exercise times are available in all three Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute pools and both adaptive fitness centers.

    Golden Valley pool and fitness center

    Minneapolis - Wasie pool

    Stillwater pool and fitness center


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