Abernethy Laurels Retirement Community Launches Aquatic Therapy Program

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Abernethy Laurels, a continuing care retirement community in Newton, NC is excited to announce they recently began implementing aquatic therapy into their current therapy and rehabilitation services. http://www.abernethylaurels.org

Abernethy Laurels resident James McAllister participating in his aquatic therapy session with Physical Therapy Assistant Jessica Snyder.

Abernethy Laurels resident James McAllister participating in his aquatic therapy session with Physical Therapy Assistant Jessica Snyder.

Those rehabilitating from knee replacements, hip replacements, and shoulder replacements have found aquatic therapy to be an ideal way to receive treatment

Abernethy Laurels, in Newton, NC is excited to announce they recently began implementing aquatic therapy into their current therapy and rehabilitation services.

According to numerous reports, aquatic therapy has proven to be highly effective at treating chronic pain, improving functional mobility, and increasing range of motion. Those with conditions like arthritis or joint pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic back pain are ideal candidates for aquatic therapy. Aquatics is also a popular treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease, strokes, or those rehabilitating from recent joint replacement surgery.

Jessica Snyder, a Physical Therapy Assistant at Abernethy Laurels who is certified in aquatic therapy, said adult orthopedic patients, particularly those with chronic back pain, joint replacements or after spine surgery, who have difficulty bearing any weight, can start an exercise routine more quickly in the water.

"It's a phenomenal way to get therapy", said Snyder. "Many residents at Abernethy Laurels who are involved in aquatic treatment say they look forward to participating in their therapy sessions because it relieves their pain and it isn't as strenuous as exercise on land. Those rehabilitating from knee replacements, hip replacements, and shoulder replacements have found aquatic therapy to be an ideal way to receive treatment."

Research shows that there are numerous benefits to participating in aquatic activities which makes therapy in water much more efficient than on land. With aquatic therapy there is little to no impact on the joints, the risk of someone falling is greatly decreased, and in many cases it reduces swelling in the joints. The buoyancy that water provides allows muscles to work slowly and more precisely, thus helping a resident receiving aquatic therapy achieve their goals much sooner than on land.

Kim Harris, Nursing Home Administrator at Abernethy Laurels, is thrilled about having these services available for residents. "Abernethy Laurels is the only nursing facility in our area that offers aquatic therapy. It is my hope that those in need of short term rehabilitation will consider using our aquatic therapy program to rehabilitate. It's becoming a very popular way for anyone, especially seniors, to receive therapy treatment," said Harris.

Abernethy Laurels, a not-for-profit retirement community in Newton, NC takes pride in its history and tradition of excellence. While the community offers a wide range of first-rate amenities, it is surprisingly affordable. For more information, visit http://www.abernethylaurels.org or call toll free 877-637-7941 or 828-465-8519. Learn about other upcoming programs on our Facebook page.

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