There’s something magical about water, especially for patients who can’t tolerate weight-bearing exercises. The water’s natural buoyancy supports the body’s weight, taking stress off the joints to minimize pain during exercise. The therapeutic properties of water, combined with the skill and specialized training of our Aquatics Team, can make an enormous difference in your mobility and function. You don’t even have to be a swimmer to get the full benefits of aquatic therapy, which include:
Greater joint flexibility: Buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity, allowing for increased joint range of motion. So it’s easier and less painful to move. Our warm water, kept at 92°, also helps to relax sore and tight muscles.
Increased muscle strength: Did you know that water is up to 700 times more resistant than air, making it the perfect medium for strengthening weakened muscles? Because water makes it more difficult to move quickly, our equipment is specially designed to provide increased surface area in order to increase your strength in the pool.
Decreased pain. There’s nothing better than being immersed in warm water to increase blood supply to sore muscles and to promote relaxation. Plus, the buoyancy effect offers relief to weakened body structures, making it more comfortable—and less painful—to work out.
Improved balance. With the uniform pressure of the water, combined with buoyancy, you’ll have the support you need, so you can react more quickly without the fear of falling or getting hurt.
Our Aquatics Team works in close partnership with all of our other clinical teams, providing aquatic therapy to address a wide range of conditions, including:
Total knee and hip joint procedures
Some specific forms of Fibromyalgia
Patients with fractures and other post-traumatic injuries who cannot fully bear weight
Our Aquatics Team
Nicole “Nicki” Plante
Nicki has been a valued member of the Marsh Brook Rehab team since 2005. She specializes in aquatics, pediatrics, rehabilitation of people with amputations, orthopedics and spine treatment. Nicki is trained in the Graston Technique and has completed advanced coursework through the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Senior Physical Therapist Assistant
Heidi Foye, PTA, ATC, has been with Marsh Brook Rehab since its inception in 1989. She is a member of the Aquatics Team and specializes in total joint replacement. Heidi developed—and now leads—the Aquatic Arthritis Exercise Program. She also specializes in pre-natal rehab and is certified in the Graston Technique. Heidi obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from UNH. She has worked with many athletes while covering sporting events at various local high schools.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Sarah-Jean graduated Magna Cum Laude as a Physical Therapist Assistant from River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire. She joined the Marsh Brook Rehab team in 2008 and specializes in aquatic rehab, orthopedics, spine, critical care, neurological rehab and pediatric rehab. Sarah-Jean has received training in the Graston Technique, Kinesio Taping and the McKenzie approach to the lumbar spine.