Aquatic therapy or exercise programs may be beneficial to those with the following conditions:
Exercise or Therapy?
To determine which program, aquatic exercise or aquatic therapy, is right for you (or your patients), please review the following information.
þ Aquatic Physical Therapy
This program is for patients who require physical therapy but cannot tolerate a land-based program. Aquatic physical therapy is by physician prescription only. This is a medically directed program planned in consultation with your physician, a physical therapist and an aquatic rehabilitation specialist.
Initial evaluations are provided by a physical therapist and treatments provided by physical therapy assistant/aquatic rehabilitation specialist.
þ Aquatic Exercise - Community-Based Programs
Aquatic exercise programs are offered as part of our community fitness program, SJVR Fitness. Classes are conducted by fitness instructors, and are open to the community. Participants must be medically cleared by their physician to participate in an aqua aerobics program. Participants in this program do not receive therapy services. Rather, our aquatic exercise classes are for those who wish to improve their physical condition and cardiovascular fitness. We offer several classes, including:
Aqua Mom’s & Mommy Fitness
What is Aqua Moms?
This aquatic exercise class is offered to expectant mothers or new mothers who are looking for a way to maintain good overall health during and following pregnancy. Aqua Moms is a comprehensive class including low-impact aerobic exercise with stretching, toning and range of motion activities for the whole body. You will receive instruction by a trained fitness professional.
Benefits of Aqua Moms
Water is a versatile medium that is used for resistance exercises and cardio-respiratory fitness resulting in increased metabolism and overall endurance. Because buoyancy supports a high percentage of the body’s weight and gives the feeling of lightness, pregnant women love the assistance the water affords them, especially during the later stages of pregnancy.
Exercise is a great way to keep your mind and body sharp. Aqua Moms at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation is an excellent and safe way to stay fit. It may help:
Under no circumstance is this class designed to help you lose weight while you are pregnant.
San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation’s Mommy Fitness program is designed to keep class sizes minimum, but enough to have fun with others.
Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm.
A prescription from your doctor is required to attend this class. The cost for this class is $42 per month.
Please have your OB/GYN or nurse practitioner complete the following:
Your patient is interested in taking part in Aqua Moms or Mommy Fitness as described in this brochure.
Each participant in Aqua Moms will be instructed by aquatic instructors who are first aid/CPR certified and trained in emergency response. Please note that our pool is heated to and maintained at 92°-95°.
For Mommy Fitness each participant will be instructed in basic stabilization and strengthening with the natural progressive resistance of their baby’s body weight.San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. If, however, you know of any reason why your patient should not participate in our Aqua Moms aquatic exercise program or Mommy Fitness land program, we would be most grateful if you could indicate the reason below. The following is a list of absolute contraindications for our Aqua Moms program: Significant heart disease; restrictive lung disease; incompetent cervix; multiple gestation at risk for premature labor; persistent 2nd or 3rd trimester bleeding; placenta previa after 26 weeks gestation; premature labor during current pregnancy; ruptured membranes or pregnancy induced hypertension.