Saline pool serves therapy needs

— There is a new therapy option in town.

A joint collaboration between Prosser Family Fitness Zone and PMH Medical Center provides the community a saline pool for patients requiring aquatic therapy.

The pool was converted from chlorine to saline, reducing chemicals and making the water easier on swimmers’ and patients’ eyes and skin, officials said.

“The aquatic environment provides buoyancy for the body and all four limbs, but can also provide resistance to movement in any direction,” Therapy Services for PMH Medical Center Manager Joe Ashton said.

“Most people with disabilities can participate in aquatic therapy, and swimming experience is not necessary,” Ashton said.

He said very often aquatic therapy is used for those patients that cannot bear full weight on their legs but is also used for patients with upper extremity conditions to facilitate improved movement.

PMH Aquatic Therapy patients receive a treatment program designed by a physical therapist specifically for their condition to help them accomplish their goals.

Some of the most common diagnoses that utilize aquatic therapy include: arthritis, back pain, foot and ankle surgical repair.

Pediatrics and any orthopaedic condition with pain or limited movement also make use of aquatic therapy, he said.



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