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.