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Land-based Therapy

Land-based therapy helps to increase your overall endurance while improving strength, and cardiovascular capability. Various proven land-based programs which we utilize due to their effectiveness include:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Dynamic stabilization activities
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Progressive resistance activities
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Amputee training

You will learn how to recognize and therefore take action for physical limitations resulting from your injury. Our consultation process involves discussion with a certified physical therapist, therefore you are assured of direct, professional examination.


In a minority of cases, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and other passive modalities may be used during the early stages of recovery

“But what if I’m in a lot of pain?”:

The initiation of therapy in the pool is necessary to help our more incapacitated patients due to the low-impact approach to recovery. Furthermore, aquatic therapy can minimize pain and also  allow you to practice better form. After maximum progress has been achieved in the water, while you will move on to a land-based program. *The most important goal for all patients is to increase functional ability(ies).*

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is an effective treatment modality especially helpful since many patients  are unable, or unready to perform land-based physical therapy. In addition, the unweighting of painful joints (see buoyancy below) can help your PT address a multitude of conditions and diseases. For instance, patients with osteoarthritis and spondylosis can tolerate many more movements in the water than on land.


Some physicians use aquatic therapy as part of their post surgical protocol, including conditions such as spinal surgery and joint replacement. Other doctors, such as an OBGYN, use aquatic therapy for pregnant women looking to alleviate back pain. The benefits of aquatic therapy are far reaching and are increasingly supported by uncounted case studies.

Heat (91-94°F):

In addition to feeling comfortable, the warmth of the water assists the body.  The heat relaxes muscles while increasing blood flow to the injured areas.

Hydrostatic Pressure:

A perpendicular force is applied once the water surrounds the body. This ultimately allows for better blood circulation and as a result reduces swelling and joint tenderness. In addition, range of motion and proprioception can also improve.


On land, gravity is the major force pushing on our bodies, hence our muscles and joints are subject to injury. While submerged in water, buoyancy assists in supporting body weight, countering the effects of gravity. These effects include the translation of weight through painful and/or arthritic joints. By reducing these forces on the involved joints, you are able to perform many activities that you may have otherwise avoided due to pain.

Water Resistance:

The natural resistance of the water allows for muscle strengthening without the need for weights. There is no negative phase on each repetition, therefore fewer stresses are translated through the joint. Furthermore, you will experience improvement in balance and strength with all muscle groups exercised.

Disease Management

Our disease management program is based on research spanning over sixty years. In addition, it reduces, prevents or eliminates certain risk factors in metabolic/cardiovascular diseases.

Some of the diseases managed in this rather comprehensive, insurance-reimbursed program include:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Impaired fasting glucose
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Hypo/hyperglycemia
  • Cardiac disease.

To get results and consequently reclaim your life, you only need your doctor’s referral and a standard blood panel. In addition, if you or your physician has any questions, feel free to contact one of our staff!

How do I get started?

If you’d like to learn more about us, don’t hesitate to call (281) 325-0188 and in addition, consider visiting us at 20403 University Blvd., Suite 100, Sugar Land, TX 77478!

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