LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Therapy in an aquatic environment.


Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:

  • Function
  • Aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
  • Balance, coordination and agility
  • Body mechanics and postural stabilization
  • Flexibility
  • Gait and locomotion
  • Relaxation
  • Muscle strength, power and endurance


Candidates for aquatic physical therapy would include but not be limited to patients with:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Transitioning weightbearing
  • Low activity/exercise tolerance
  • Pain with weight bearing


The buoyancy, support, accommodating resistance and other unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular/ pulmonary diseases, disorders or conditions.


Therapy will be incorporated into a treatment program done both in the clinic and in the pool. The therapist is in the water with patient providing hands-on neuromuscular re-education.

Visit frequency will consist of 1 clinic visit, and 1-2 pool visits  per week.


Yes, we lease space with Kids First Swim Club twice a week. Kids First is located on Route 40 about ½ miles from our office in the Alexandra Village Shopping Center, 677 E Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921.

A swimsuit would be great, if not an old t-shirt and shorts will work. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. There are both men’s and women’s bathrooms with a single shower in each and storage cubbies. There are also small individual changing rooms.

No, we are doing exercises only. Standing, walking, sitting and floating with flotation devices.

The pool temperature runs between 89°-92°. The air temperature is warmer in the pool room.

The stair entrance starts at 2ft and the deep end is 5ft.

COVID-19 Information
We are open and fully staffed so that we may continue to provide services.

At LeeAnn Nelson Physical Therapy, there is nothing more important to us than your health and safety during this unprecedented time. The Department of Homeland Security and state governments have deemed physical therapy an essential component of health care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; therefore, our facility remains open to serve those in need. We are taking extensive preventative measures, guided by the CDC, to protect our patients and employees who enter our facility.

We hope that by providing this information, you can make a clear decision to continue your plan of care with us during this time. The following protocols are now in place:

Patient screening:  All patients will be screened upon arrival of their appointment time to make sure they are not exhibiting symptoms. We will be taking temperatures and pulse oxygen saturation levels. If a patient is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, they will be advised to return home and contact their physician.

Staff screening: All employees will be screened for COVID-19 by taking temperatures and pulse oxidation levels. Those presenting any level of symptoms will return home and follow up with their physician before returning to work.

Health hygiene protocols: Ongoing reinforcement to all staff regarding hand washing and other preventative measures for equipment and supplies are in place and being reinforced. All equipment ie: cardio equipment, weights, balls, etc. will be sanitized after each patient use.

Private Treatment Rooms: We offer private treatment rooms for all patients that are at high risk or are concerned and want the least amount of exposure to other patients.

That being said, if you do not feel comfortable coming to our facility for care during this time, we will gladly reschedule your appointment for a later date.

For patients coming to our facility for care, we ask that you please limit the number of people who accompany you to your appointments and ask that those people remain in their vehicles or return to pick you up after the appointment, unless they are necessary for assistance. If for any reason you are not feeling well, please contact the center and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our patients and employees, as well as their families.

All Yoga Classes are cancelled until further notice.