Are you having trouble sticking with your exercise program because you’re bored with your usual program? Do you feel that you need to try something new but are afraid of re-aggravating an old injury? Do you feel like you need to improve your cardio and lose a few pounds? Do you feel there’s just not enough time to exercise? Or maybe it’s just too hot? There are a ton of excuses that we make up for not exercising. Being in the desert heat doesn’t make it easier. However, there is a perfect way to address everything listed above and even more with just one type of activity which is aquatic therapy.

Why Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy serves as a tool for many types of ailments and age groups. It’s not just for people with significant swimming experience or for a specific age group. Aquatic therapy can assist those with various musculoskeletal issues, such as, for pain relief, tight muscles, sore or arthritic joints, but also for strength building, balance training and resistance training. Neurological issues, such as those with a medical history of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis would greatly benefit too.


  • Decreased edema
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased blood supply to the muscles/Increased circulation
  • Increased buoyancy
  • Increased metabolism
  • Increased joint movement
  • Increased muscle power
  • Increased balance
  • Increased endurance

Did you know that Arizona is one of the most popular states for pool service companies in the country? And if there are more pool companies, there are definitely more pools! Whether you have your own private pool, or just use a public pool at a gym, there are many convenient opportunities to take advantages of this multi-beneficial exercise activity.

With locations all over the valley, we have a convenient clinic next to you. Come in to Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapist to Get Your Move Back.

Imagine that while waiting at a stop light in your car you look into the rearview mirror only to see a car barreling at you without any indication that it’s going to stop. You instantly tense up as it impacts the back of your car and your head moves forward and backward possibly hitting the steering wheel or headrest with the force that is transferred through the car to your body. A couple of days later, you start to feel a persistent pain in your neck, shoulders and back. This pain is associated with a condition commonly called whiplash.

Fortunately for us, whiplash is a treatable condition. It is recommended that you be evaluated by a physical therapist as soon as possible following a motor vehicle accident to rule out more serious injuries. If left untreated, whiplash can lead to more chronic pain, muscle changes and even changes to your sensory systems.

Physical therapy for treating whiplash would involve decreasing pain, increasing neck mobility, increasing muscle strength and increasing overall endurance for functional activities. Specifically, treatment may include:

  • electrical stimulation (TENS)
  • cupping
  • intramuscular dry needling
  • manual soft tissue work
  • manual joint movements
  • postural exercises
  • strengthening exercises
  • vestibular exercises
  • re-training of the sensory systems
  • breathing exercises
  • training in work positions

Recovery time from whiplash can vary from as little as a few days and as long as a few months. It is important that you give your body some time to recover. Once your body is fully recovered you will be able to return to your prior level of activity safely.

If you ever experience neck, shoulder or back pain schedule an appointment at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy to Get Your Move Back!