Become Pain Free Now

The beauty of aquatic therapy is that it is appropriate for a multitude of conditions along any phase of the rehabilitation process. A Doctor of Physical Therapy will enter the pool with you and will walk you through a program tailored to your goals. In the water, you will be able to see how much more your body is able to do, moving in different directions and with greater ease than you ever thought possible.

*This information about aquatic therapy was reviewed by Dr Natalie Thomas, PT, DPT. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

The aquatic therapy program at In Motion O.C. offers


An indoor pool


Heated to 92 degrees


A program serviced by Doctors of Physical Therapy


Convenient hours and complimentary parking


Most Insurances Accepted including, but not limited to, Medicare, Workers Comp, Auto and Most PPO insurance.

(not a comprehensive list)


Arthritis (Osteo& Rheumatoid especially)


Post Surgical Patients


Chronic Pain


Acute Pain






If you’re not sure if you’re a good candidate for aquatic therapy, our Doctors of Physical Therapy will advise you. Often times, a patient benefits the most from a combination of both types of therapy.


Decreases Blood Pressure

The water is heated to 92°F, which allows for widening of blood vessels decreasing any resistance to allow for lower blood pressure.

Decreases swelling and edema

The pressure from the water on the body acts to “pump” the swelling up and out of the leg to be reabsorbed by the system. Additionally, because the water creates an environment that allows you to move more than you could on land, you are eliciting a “muscle pump” action to further help re-direct the fluid away from the site of swelling.

Improves Aerobic Capacity

Your aerobic capacity is a measure of how efficiently your heart and lungs can transport Oxygen rich blood to your working muscle. This increase in oxygen will allow your heart, lungs and muscles to perform more efficiently.

Improves Aerobic Capacity

Your aerobic capacity is a measure of how efficiently your heart and lungs can transport Oxygen rich blood to your working muscle. This increase in oxygen will allow your heart, lungs and muscles to perform more efficiently.

Improves Range of Motion

Due to the buoyancy of the water in the pool you are able to move through greater ranges of motion without pain. Buoyancy has the opposite effects of gravity so it will act as an assist as you move your extremities. The temperature of the water also helps to relax muscles which can help increase overall flexibility.

Decreases Joint Stress

The water creates an environment, which allows you to be unloaded up to 90% of your body weight so that you can move freely and work at a higher level then you could on land. Additionally, because of the temperature of the water, you will have decreased joint stiffness allowing you to move more freely and pain free.

Strength Trainng

The resistance from the water allows you to improve your strength without the fear of falling. You can adjust your resistance by altering the speed at which you move your body in the water to make it easier or harder based on your individualized needs.

Decreases Pain

The warmth of the water allows for muscle relaxation by decreasing muscle spasm and increasing flexibility. The sensation of being completely surrounded by water also acts as a compression providing a sense of improved stability and comfort.

Improves Balance

The water stimulates improved body awareness, stability, and balance. Your body is getting constant feedback due to having water all around you increasing your awareness of where you are in space. Additionally, your body is supported by the water which can allow you to have increased time to react and limit any fear of falling or injury.

Improves Confidence and Morale

The pool allows for a perfect environment to socialize with other patients as you perform your exercises. The pool allows for you to safely and comfortably complete exercises you may not have ever thought possible on land. Enjoy your individualized program with support from our staff and the other patients. It really is fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the pool indoor or outdoor?

The pool is indoor and warm.

What is the temperature of the pool?

Between 90-92 degrees.

When do you see patients for Aquatic Therapy?

On M,W,F and between 9am-2pm.

Where do I do my first visit Initial Evaluation and future Progress Reports?

The first visit Initial Evaluation as well as future Progress Report visits are done at our Irvine facility at 17332 Von Karman Ave, Suite #120.

Will my hair get wet?

Most people do not get their hair wet as the majority of exercises are done in standing or walking positions. If we feel there are exercises which you will benefit from, but will get your hair wet, we will discuss these with you ahead of time.

Do I need to know how to swim to receive aquatic physical therapy?

No. Most of the exercises are done standing and walking in chest to waist height water. Fear is normal on the first visit so make sure to let your therapist know during your evaluation so they can best accommodate you and help ease your concerns.

How long am I in the pool for?

Most sessions are approximately one hour long.

Do I need to have a bathing suit?

Not necessarily. If you are more comfortable in a shirt and shorts than that would be acceptable. However, a standard bathing suit allows you greater motion and comfort, and allows the therapist better feedback and ability to provide a more specific “hands on” level of care. We recommend patients arrive at the pool in their bathing suit, cover-up, and towel. It is also beneficial to wear swim shoes but it is not required.

Do you bill my insurance?

Yes, our office will bill your health insurance as a courtesy. However, the charges incurred are ultimately the responsibility of the patient.

Will my insurance cover aquatic physical therapy?

Usually, yes. We will contact your insurance company to determine coverage for aquatic physical therapy. Verification of benefits is not a guarantee of payment. Detailed benefit information is only available to subscribers, who should contact their insurance company should questions arise. We will notify you of coverage basics prior to your first appointment.

What if I have an HMO?

Your doctor needs to request authorization from your health plan or IPA (Monarch). Our name must be included for the authorization to cover our facility. You are requesting therapy from an out of network provider. The process may take up to two weeks depending upon your insurance or the IPA. Our office will contact you via phone, email or mail once we have received your authorization.

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