Aquatic therapy that includes a resistance pool is a superior way to exercise, rehabilitate, and recover. The water current is ideal for added resistance and support. But not all water currents are the same. Here are the advantages and disadvantages for three primary water current systems available in today’s marketplace.
Paddlewheel Aquatic Therapy Pools
How it works: The paddlewheel, positioned at the back of the pool, pulls in pool water, propels the water through tunnels under the pool, then pushes it out through a front grille. This continuous loop of flowing water spans the entire width of the pool, creating a “wall of water” similar to a river current.
Designed by MIT engineers, this powerful system generates a smooth, wide, and deep adjustable water flow that can challenge the strongest athlete or is gentle enough for patients in the acute injury treatment phase. With this current, it’s possible to successfully workout, exercise and swim against the current in any area of the pool. In addition, the water current’s width and consistency makes allows for accurately measuring performance and outcomes from one session to the next.
Circulates 25,000 gallons of water per minute (no other resistance pool comes close to this performance)
Water current is deep, smooth, even, and powerful
Current spans the entire pool width (unlike directional jets that push out a centralized, turbulent stream)
Achieve full body exercises, run at top speeds, and competitively swim against the paddlewheel current
99 programmable speeds challenge the most competitive athlete or will treat a frail patient in acute recovery
Access the current in all areas of the pool
Accurately monitor and measure progress from one pool session to the next with the current’s consistency and programmable water flow
Safely target muscles and joints without jarring or turbulence typically found in a jet system
Water current’s strength and width acts as a “second pair of hands” to support patients during therapy