Union County Hospital announces completion of aquatic therapy pool

Union County Hospital announces the completion of its aquatic therapy pool. 

An open house for the public is planned Friday, Jan. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 p.m. 

The new pool is located in the therapy services department adjacent to the physician’s annex on the west end of the hospital at 517 N. Main St. in Anna. 

Aquatic therapy services will be offered through the hospital therapy services department, which currently offers physical, occupational and speech therapies.

A portion of the cost of the new service line was funded by the Union County Hospital District. 

Aquatic therapy is provided in a heated pool with temperatures ranging from 94 to 96 degrees. 

The warm water relaxes muscles, allows for increased blood flow and improved joint range of motion. 

The versatility of therapy in a pool assists individuals in a variety of ways. 

Movement can become less painful. Movement that may be difficult or absent during land-based activities can be accomplished almost effortlessly in the water. 

Improved range of motion at joints, strengthening of muscles and reduced stress at joints and muscles makes water an optimal exercise environment for individuals who have been injured through trauma, repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, hip and knee surgery, degenerative conditions of the spine and neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. 

A physician’s order is required to participate in aquatic physical or occupational therapy. 

An individualized program will be developed by a licensed physical or occupational therapist to meet a patient’s needs. 

For more information, visit the website at <a href="http://UnionCountyHospital.com/pool">UnionCountyHospital.com/pool</a>.

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