Water therapy is gaining in popularity because it allows patients, including those who are overweight, to work muscles in a weightless environment and with less stress.
"I jog in the pool. I do jumping jacks which I have not done jumping jacks since I was in junior high, and it doesn't hurt," says Tracy Rambo, aquatic therapy patient.
"A patient that has had a knee injury, a hip replacement, back therapy, back surgery, or any of those would benefit from being in the water," says Michelle McKamy, occupational therapy assistant.
Michelle says aquatic therapy can help relieve the pain of arthritis. It can promote faster healing after an injury and she says therapists are seeing excellent improvement in stroke patients who practice water therapy.
You can find water therapy at three pools in Lubbock. Covenant Lifestyles Center and South Plains Rehab, which is a UMC facility, both require a doctor's referral and should be covered by most insurance companies.
But if you'd like to try water therapy on your own, don't forget the YWCA. They have several water therapy classes for different fitness levels and you don't need a referral to sign up for classes at the YWCA.