What to Expect

  • Aquatic Physical Therapy patients typically participate in 2 sessions per week with each session lasting approximately 45 minutes long.

  • Classes are typically held in groups of 4-5 people. However, patients with specific needs might require special, one-on-one therapy time.

  • Aquatic Physical therapy sessions are instructed by either a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant.

  • Each Aquatic session will include a warm up and cool down phase as well as stretching, strengthening and endurance exercises.

  • Specialized Aquatic exercise equipment will be used during your therapy session. Some examples are: resistive paddles, weighted cuffs or belts, or dumb-bells. The therapist will instruct you in the safe and proper use of this equipment.

  • Separate men's and women's changing rooms, complete with towels, lockers, and showers.  There you will be able to change into your swim clothes.  

What to Bring

  • One-piece bathing suit or shorts and a T-shirt for those feeling a bit more modest.
  • Water shoes to help with traction inside the pool and to protect feet and prevent falls. (Water shoes usually can be found for under $10 at local stores such as Walmart)
  • Bottled water and light snack for following therapy session.
  • Emergency medications (ie: insulin for diabetics or seizure medication for epileptics).
  • Padlock for securing personal items in the locker room.

What Not to Bring

  • Do not bring small children to your therapy session as there is nobody available to supervise them at poolside.
  • Do not bring purse, phone, car keys or other valuables to the poolside. Please store them in a locked locker or leave them in your car. (APTA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items).


Patient Safety

  • For the safety of the patient, aquatic classes are held by either a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant.

  • All therapists are certified in CPR, first-aid and water rescue.

  • Active Chiropractic & Physical therapy has an established emergency plan and evacuation route in conjunction with In-Shape Sports Club.



Aquatic Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


  • 1. Q: Why do I need Aquatic Physical Therapy?


A: Your doctor and /or physical therapist is recommending aquatic therapy because exercising on land is too difficult for you at this time.  The special properties of water will allow you to maximize your exercise potential and facilitate a more efficient and less painful transition to land-based exercises and ultimately a faster recovery.


  • 2. Q: Will my insurance plan cover Aquatic Physical Therapy?


A: There is great variability among insurance carriers and plans. We will be happy to contact your carrier to verify your coverage. All Aquatic therapy sessions must be pre-approved by your insurance company. In addition, we will need a prescription from your doctor to process this request.


  • 3. Q: How long will I need Aquatic Physical Therapy?


A:  Each patient has individual needs and the duration of aquatic therapy will vary from person to person depending on their progress. Some patients see results in as little as 2-3 sessions, while others require 10-12 sessions or more.


Note: Third party payers typically authorize only 2-3 visits at a time. Therefore, the patient must show progress in the pool in order to justify further aquatic sessions and payment by their insurance.


  • 4. Q: Where will I go to attend Aquatic Physical Therapy Classes?


A: Active Physical Therapy & Associates conveniently offers aquatic classes at the swimming facility located in the In-Shape: Tracy Blvd.  (101 South Tracy Blvd., Tracy, Ca.)


  • 5. Q: Do I need to be a member of In-Shape: - Tracy Blvd. in order to participate in Aquatic Physical Therapy?


A: No, a membership to In-Shape: Tracy Blvd. is not required to participate in Aquatic Physical Therapy. You will however need to sign in at the front desk upon each arrival to the sports club and sign a waiver of liability form.