Aquatic therapy pool at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley, IA

Aquatic Therapy

Make a splash while healing your body.

The buoyancy of water reduces stress on joints and muscles, making it easier and less painful to perform exercises. This is why Aquatic Therapy is known for being conducive for healing body, mind, and spirit.

Located on the campus of the Hegg Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, patients work with physical and occupational therapists in a warm water pool with customizable height (accommodates individuals up to 7 feet tall, essential for a Dutch community) designed specifically for aquatic therapy intervention. Patients may enter the pool via steps or by a safe pool lift.

Why is Aquatic Therapy Beneficial?

Aquatic therapy is a popular rehabilitation treatment choice because it offers several benefits, including:

  1. Reduced Impact: The buoyancy of water reduces stress on joints and muscles, making it easier and less painful to perform exercises.
  2. Increased Mobility: The water’s resistance helps improve muscle strength and flexibility without the risk of injury associated with traditional weight-bearing exercises.
  3. Pain Relief: Warm water can help relax muscles and alleviate pain, making it easier for patients to participate in therapy.
  4. Improved Balance: The supportive nature of water allows patients to practice balance and coordination in a safer environment.
  5. Enhanced Circulation: The pressure of the water can promote better blood circulation, aiding in the healing process.
  6. Stress Reduction: The soothing properties of water can reduce stress and anxiety, which is beneficial for overall well-being during rehabilitation.

Who Can Aquatic Therapy Help?

Aquatic therapy can benefit those suffering from:

  • Arthritis: including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint disease
  • Back and neck pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain and replacements
  • Lymphedema
  • Neurological conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Gait and balance disorders

What to Expect

Before treatment begins, your physical or occupational therapist will conduct an initial evaluation. Afterward, your therapist will develop a treatment plan using aquatic therapy techniques designed specifically to help with your condition.

Therapy Settings

We provide aquatic therapy on an outpatient basis in the Hegg Aquatic Therapy pool located within Hegg Rehabilitation & Wellness on the Hegg Health Center campus.


Call 712-476-8080 to book an Aquatic Therapy appointment at Hegg Rehabilitation and Wellness. No referral is needed for most conditions.