IMPACT Physical Medicine & Aquatic Center - July 2020


JULY 2020 | 651-646-7246


therapist will assess your therapy needs. All aquatic therapy sessions are then personalized based on each individual’s functional limitations and goals. IMPACT’s aquatic therapists are specially trained to be able to determine the proper treatment to improve postural alignment and restore functional mobility. Our goal is to help you return to the activities that are most important to you and allow you to get your life back! I feel very fortunate to work at such a unique therapy pool that benefits so many patients and offers an alternative for their recovery. On a personal note, the benefits of the pool for my own chronic pain symptoms have allowed me to continue to work without drastically reducing my hours. If you are struggling and feel aquatic therapy would be beneficial to you, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here for our community and are excited to see how we can IMPACT your life! For a deeper dive into the design and science behind our pool, visit or our website at .

pool temperature is set at 92 degrees F, which allows for a more therapeutic experience. The first thing I notice when a patient gets into our pool is the immediate sense of relief that washes over their face. When experiencing pain, you are usually guarded in your movements and often fearful, making your body tense and causing compensatory movement patterns to develop. The properties of heat and buoyancy of the water combine to relax tight, overactive muscles in order to facilitate normal movement. In addition to providing water resistance for strength and endurance, the force of the pool jets can also be used to desensitize painful areas when necessary. Your first session involves a thorough one-on-one examination in which your experienced occupational or physical

Aquatic therapy has literally been a lifesaver, both for me personally and for the patients I treat every day. I started working at IMPACT Physical Medicine in 2006, the same time they were opening their state-of-the-art therapy pool. Designed with the help of the Postural Restoration Institute, IMPACT’s pool was the first of its kind in the entire world! To date, there is only one other pool like it in the country (on the East Coast), making the experience you get at IMPACT’s Aquatic Center quite extraordinary. In addition to the state-of-the-art design, IMPACT’s Aquatic Center is one of only a few pools in the Twin Cities area that is a warm water pool. Most pools at a health club run at about 82 degrees F, which can make for a chilly experience! When you are busy shivering, it’s difficult to relax and promote normal movement. Our

–Ann Richter, MA, OTR/L

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