Tips & Techniques

It's Your First Session with Smith PT+ Aquatics!

Kirsten Rowland 
December 4, 2023

Welcome back! We are so happy you are here. Please make sure to bring your swimsuit or swim trunks, shoe wear and a towel today! The water is kept at 92 degrees Fahrenheit to help your muscles relax and to maximize the therapeutic effects, so we always recommend bringing a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your session. There are showers available on site for individuals who may choose to rinse off after their session has completed. Remember knowing how to swim isn’t a requirement for aquatic therapy! We have treated patients ranging from individuals with paraplegia to patients training for their next race, all are welcome. Our expert therapists individualize each treatment to find the most beneficial and effective interventions to help you meet your goals.


At this appointment, you will be seen by a member of our Smith PT+ Aquatic team of qualified therapists. Now is the time to tell them how you felt after the evaluation, any difficulties you may be having with your home exercise program, or any questions/concerns you may have at this time. It is our goal to not only help you feel and move better, but provide quality education to understand and most benefit from your care. Our goal is to assist you at each session to refine movement through skilled hands-on techniques. Once we have achieved increased mobility, you will be instructed to perform movements and interventions within your improved range of motion. Here we work to restore the mind and body connection in order to get you back to the things you love, reaching your fullest potential.


Each session may look a bit different, as your needs may adjust throughout your time with us. The therapist will ascertain what you and your body need at each session, in order to provide you with the best possible care. Part of the fun is evolving with and learning from each other as patients and therapists; witnessing the progress and functional gains you will make. Aquatic Rehab is designed to reduce strain, improve function, and challenge you as you progress through your rehabilitation program. 

We hope you have an excellent time at your first aquatic rehab session with us at Smith PT+, and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

Meet the Author
Kirsten Rowland graduated from McHenry County College with her Associates of Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2020, joining Smith Physical Therapy in June of 2023. She began her career in an orthopedic setting, working with post-operative patients and athletes within the community. She enjoys working with the orthopedic population, but also has interest in rehabilitation of the overhead athlete, pelvic floor dysfunction, foot and ankle dysfunction, as well as aquatic rehabilitation at Smith Physical Therapy + Aquatics. Kirsten is passionate about helping patients not only feel better, but move better; returning to the things they love to do and be a part of. She loves a challenge, and is willing to work patiently with those who are dedicated to their rehabilitation as much as she is. Kirsten is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Illinois Physical Therapy Association.
You were made to move!