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MCH Rehab Center
Aquatic Therapy

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Experienced therapists are waiting to help in a state-of-the-art facility featuring an underwater camera system, assisted entrance and exit, a temperature-controlled environment, a removable floor for depth control, and water currents with variable speeds.

Aquatic therapy is often used in conjunction with traditional land-based therapy to enhance and restore a person's functional abilities. Populations that may benefit range from children to older adults. Oftentimes, patients may regain their quality of life faster and more thoroughly than with land therapy alone.

How does aquatic therapy promote healing?

The buoyancy of water provides support, allowing a patient to move more easily. This can reduce apprehension about movement.


Aquatic therapy is provided in a heated pool with temperatures ranging from 92-94 degrees. Exercising in warm water increases blood flow and oxygen delivery to the injury, which promotes healing.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Pressure from water molecules surrounding the body helps circulate blood from the legs to the heart, often reducing swelling in the ankles and feet.


Water resistance improves balance and strength in all muscle directions, as well as increasing sensory awareness. Resistance can be tailored to each individual patient based on the speed of movement.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy...
  • Accelerate healing

  • Decrease apprehension to movement

  • Initiate rehab at an earlier stage; therefore returning to activities of daily living in the shortest possible time

  • Decrease rehabilitation time and overall treatment costs

  • Enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation

  • Improve tolerance to weight-bearing activity

Goals of Aquatic Therapy...
  • Improve confidence during daily functional activities

  • Improve cardiovascular function and endurance

  • Improve muscle strength

  • Reduce stress

  • Increase range of motion and flexibility

  • Improve balance and coordination

Who can be helped with Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy is beneficial to patients of all ages. Common diagnoses that can be improved with aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Low Back Pain

  • Joint & Muscle Pain

  • Orthopedic Injuries

  • Sporting Injuries

  • Work-Related Injuries

  • Post-Operative Hips, Ankles & Shoulders

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Impaired Balance

  • Difficulty Walking

  • Generalized Weakness

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Stroke

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Autism/Asperger's Disease

  • Developmental Delay

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries


The goal of the Morris County Hospital Rehab Center is to provide quality care with an emphasis on individual, personalized service. Rest assured, our highly trained staff is constantly learning, applying, and practicing the most modern and successful methods in the physical, occupational, and speech therapy fields.

Your return to good health is our common goal.

MCH Rehab Center

Phone: 620.767.6811

Address: 600 North Washington Street, Council Grove, KS 66846

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