Mercy Launches Aquatic Therapy

October 7, 2016

Mercy Health for Life hosted a Chamber After Hours and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Oct. 6 to showcase the new aquatic treadmill called the HydroWorx 300.  Currently, Mercy is the only hospital in Kansas to have this particular piece of aqua therapy and fitness equipment. 

For years, adding onsite aquatic therapy to Mercy Rehab Services has been a priority. Recent fundraising efforts coupled with a significant donation by Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott, patients (even pediatric ones) and community members are able now to benefit from using the underwater treadmill.

The body’s natural buoyancy in water helps patients and clients perform therapy and exercise with decreased weight-bearing on a limb, making the HydroWorx 300 underwater treadmill perfect for rehabilitation following orthopedic surgery, when recovering from an injury or overall conditioning.

A doctor’s order is required for physical therapy appointments.

The HydroWorx 300 is located in a private room near the outpatient rehab center.

The ADA-accessible treadmill is in a glass enclosure and fills with fresh water with each patient. The water level and handrails are customized to the patient’s height, weight and modalities to be performed in the session.

Features include:

•           Adjustable water depth from 1”-50”

•           Treadmill speed from 0.1 – 10 mph

•           Resistance jet with deep tissue massages hose

•           Front and side safety handrails and safety tether

•           Digital temperature control

•           Underwater video camera and iPad

•           Fold down seat

For more information, call Mercy Health for Life at 620-223-7073. Fitness center member and non-member rates are available.

Pechone Stepps was paralyzed in 2002 in a roadside accident. Although confined to a wheelchair, he said by using the HydroWorx 300 his body has the buoyancy necessary to help him gain flexibility in his muscles and so he can improve his walking skills.

Pechone Stepps was paralyzed in 2002 in a roadside accident. Although confined to a wheelchair, he said by using the HydroWorx 300 his body has the buoyancy necessary to help him gain flexibility in his muscles and so he can improve his walking skills.

Media Contacts

Tina Rockhold
Fort Scott, Carthage, Columbus, Joplin
Phone: 620-223-8094