Aquatic Therapy

The Citizen’s Aquatic Therapy Program uses water exercise to gradually build up muscle strength and help with pain or compression. Water decreases the gravitational pull on the body, reducing joint and spinal compression. This creates a unique pain-reducing environment.

Each session is tailored to your individual health needs. Aquatic Therapy is recommended for those who suffer from:

  • Sports injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lower back and neck disorders or pain
  • Spinal disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Neurological conditions
  • Arthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • Gait and balance disorders
  • Joint replacements
  • Post-surgery movement inhibition

Getting Started in the Program

Citizen’s HealthPlex requires a physician referral for aquatic therapy services. Once this referral is made, one of our experienced Occupational/Physical Therapists will evaluate you to determine what type of aquatic program is right for you. He or she will develop goals for your program and implement a treatment regime.

Your medical history and this evaluation will allow us to create a completely personalized program for your rehabilitation needs. Our therapists will be in constant communication with your physician to update him or her on your progress.

Aquatic Therapy Stages


The first stage of our program includes your personalized program that was developed for you during your initial evaluation. The goal at this stage is to obtain your optimal functional outcome.


Following successful completion of the outpatient portion of your program, you will enter the maintenance stage. This is an ongoing, optional stage for those who want to maintain the progress they made at the outpatient level. This part of the program does require a monthly fee.

Goals of the Aquatic Therapy Program

The ultimate goal of the Aquatic program is to increase function, which will also increase the patients’ quality of life. Specific goals of the program include:

  • Reduce edema secondary to hydrostatic pressure
  • Improve stability while bearing only partial body weight
  • Facilitate muscle relaxation during exercise
  • Decrease the degenerative effects of an injury or disease
  • Decrease the compressive forces that are present in land-based therapies
  • Provide for a faster entrance into other types of therapy programs
  • Increase performance levels and increase confidence

The Citizen’s HealthPlex program was developed in accordance with the American Occupational/Physical Therapy Association, the Texas Board of Occupational/Physical Therapy Examiners, and the Aquatics Rehab Institute.

For more information about the Citizens Aquatic Therapy Program or any other therapy program, contact the Rehab department at (361) 582-1109 or (361) 572-5030.