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Aquatic Therapy Now Offered at Andover/North Andover YMCA



Starting this September, Lawrence General’s Rehabilitation Service will begin offering aquatic therapy at the Andover/North Andover YMCA. 
     
“There has been a lot of demand for aquatic therapy since we opened the YMCA clinic in the spring of 2016,” says physical therapist assistant Rebecca Torres, PTA (in photo). “A number of orthopedic doctors and primary care physicians in the area have expressed interest, and people who have done other forms of therapy and want to try something different have also inquired.”

Rebecca and her colleague, Jose DeJesus, PTA, will both be providing aquatic therapy at the YMCA location on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 5.
     
Consisting of treatments and exercises performed in a pool setting, aquatic therapy is beneficial for patients with a variety of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, as well as patients recovering from hip, knee, and other orthopedic surgeries. The natural buoyancy of water reduces stress on the body and helps patients exercise easier with less pain. The natural pressure of water also reduces joint and soft-tissue swelling and provides enough resistance to strengthen muscle. 
     
“The ultimate goal,” says Rebecca, “is to transition patients back to physical therapy on land and return them to their normal level of function as soon as possible.”
   
For more information about aquatic therapy or to schedule an appointment, call 978-946-8387.

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