Within the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness, three state-of-the-art
therapy pools are used to support the successful rehabilitation and recovery
of a wide range of patients, including those who may not be able or find
it too painful to participate in standard therapy.
By reducing the effects of gravity, aquatic therapy allows improved comfort
and ease of movement while also increasing strength, endurance, and mobility—creating
greater therapeutic success for patients with painful joints and significant
As the only hospital in Orange County to offer the advantages of aquatic
therapy, our experienced physical therapists provide one-on-one and small
group pool therapy to benefit those with:
- Chronic pain
- Post orthopedic surgeries, including spine
- Athletic injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
For more information please call, (714) 578-8720. A physician referral
How is pool therapy helpful?
The buoyancy of the water takes pressure off weight-bearing joints, decreasing
Because the influence of gravity is reduced, patients who cannot move well
out of the water—due to muscle weakness or pain—are able to
successfully improve their strength and mobility.
The hydrostatic pressure of the water also provides light compression
to reduce swelling and edema, while the water’s warmth decreases
muscle-guarding and pain. By relaxing joints and muscles, pool therapy
can be especially helpful for those with fibromyalgia, arthritic joints
and back pain.
Who can benefit from aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy can often benefit those with certain orthopedic, neurologic
and chronic pain conditions, and is typically used as an intermediate
step until a patient is able to transition to traditional therapy.
A physician referral is needed as well as an evaluation by one of our experienced
physical therapists to determine what therapeutic approaches would be
most effective in accelerating recovery and rehabilitation.
Individuals who should not participate in pool therapy include those with
chlorine allergies, open wounds or ostomy site, bowel or bladder incontinence,
and unstable blood pressure.
About our pools and facility
Two warm water pools are kept at 91 degrees, while a third “cool
water” pool remains at 80 degrees. In addition to stairs or ladders,
a lift is available for use in all pools for entry and exit. Pool depth
ranges from 3 ½ to 4 ½ feet.
Water shoes are required at all times in the pools and on the deck for
patient safety and protection.
Individual dressing rooms, lockers with keys, and showers are available.
For swimmers recovering from an injury, a swim current is available to
allow evaluation of swim mechanics and training.