Physical, Occupational, Speech & Aquatic Therapy

Water provides an extraordinary advantage for neurological rehabilitation. The water buoyancy provides relief from the effects of gravity while the variable resistance of the water is ideal for gradual strengthening of muscles needed for carry-over to land. 

Spero Rehab utilizes a Hydroworx 1200 Series® therapy pool which features a variable speed treadmill, adjustable floor with variable water depth, resistance jets, massage hoses and an underwater camera and monitoring system for real-time performance analysis. An integrated software program collects data such as weight distribution, stance and swing time, step length, and cadence; and a flat screen TV is mounted in front of the pool, allowing you to watch your gait and make any necessary changes based on visual feedback. We keep the water temperature warm both for comfort and to minimize cold-induced problems sometimes associated with neurological injuries. The pool is also used for swimming and upper extremity strength and endurance training. It can be adapted for core strengthening and sitting balance. 

  • Buoyancy: When you perform exercises in water, the buoyancy helps support your weight. By bearing less of your own weight, you reduce stress your joints. When we are able to decrease joint stress it is easier and less painful to perform your exercises.
  • Viscosity: The viscosity of water is basically the resistance that you feel when you move in the water. We incorporate this resistance into an aquatic therapy exercise program. It allows for muscle strengthening without additional weights. Also, by combining resistance with the water’s buoyancy you can strengthen muscle groups with less joint stress, a benefit that cannot be experienced on land.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure: Aquatic therapy also utilizes the hydrostatic pressure of the water to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. The hydrostatic pressure of the water improves your ability to be aware of the movement of your individual joints and limbs. This is called proprioception. Proprioceptive ability can be trained, as can any motor activity. This is important if you have experienced joint sprains and torn ligaments where proprioception decreases. The hydrostatic pressure is also helpful in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders.
  • Temperature: The warmth of the water during aquatic therapy aids in relaxing muscles and vasodilates (or relaxes) blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the injured areas. If you have had muscle spasms, back pain, and fibromyalgia you will find this characteristic of aquatic therapy especially therapeutic.


BENEFITS FOR NEUROLOGICAL PATIENTS:

  • Promotes functional mobility
  • Improves balance and proprioception
  • Promotes lumbar stabilization
  • Improves gait training  Helps to regain trunk balance, range of motion, strength and endurance
  • Promotes ambulation, sitting and standing balance
  • Encourages safety and confidence


BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM ARTHRITIS AND FIBROMYALGIA:

  • Relaxation
  • Increased joint movement
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Improve flexibility
  • Mobility and strength
  • Removes weight from joints and bones
  • Strengthens muscles and joints after surgery
  • Decreased side effects


BENEFITS FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT OR POST SURGICAL PATIENTS:

  • Relaxation
  • Increased joint movement
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced mobility   
  • Improve flexibility
  • Mobility and strength
  • Removes weight from joints and bones
  • Strengthens muscles and joints after surgery


BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN:

  • Relaxation
  • Increased joint movement
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced mobility   
  • Improve flexibility
  • Mobility and strength
  • Removes weight from joints and bones
  • Strengthens muscles and joints after surgery
  • benefits of aquatic therapy for pediatric patients:
  • Relaxation
  • Increases joint movement
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Improve flexibility
  • Mobility and strength
  • benefits of aquatic therapy for weight loss:
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased strength and mobility
  • Helps to regain range of motion and endurance   
  • Improved balance
  • Reduce swelling
  • benefits of aquatic therapy for overuse or athletic injuries:
  • Increased mobility and strength
  • Improves fitness levels through increased resistance and cardiovascular training    
  • Decreases swelling and inflammation
  • Pain relief
  • Limits weight-bearing on your joints and bones

Spero Rehab is proud to offer our patients the benefits of aquatic therapy in our state of the art Hydroworx 1200 pool. Together with NASA and the Houston Rockets- we are one of three facilities in the Houston area to offer this advanced technology. Our therapists are specially trained to work with neurological, orthopedic and sports rehabilitation patients using the unique properties of water to facilitate the healing process.  Aquatics is currently offered at our Houston location and we hope to soon offer it in Austin.

Aquatic therapy is an exercise program that is performed in the water. This form of therapy is beneficial for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of the water, including buoyancy, viscosity, hydrostatic pressure and temperature to assist in patient healing and exercise performance.​

AQUATIC BASED THERAPY