Frequently Asked Questions
+ Do I need to know how to swim?
No swimming skills are required! So whether you are the next Michael Phelps or have never swum, aquatic therapy and wellness is safe for you. In fact, many of our patients begin aquatic therapy afraid of the water, but after experiencing a few sessions, they fall in love.
+ Will the therapist be in the water with me?
Yes. For both our therapy and our wellness sessions our therapists are in the water with you the entire time.
+ How long are the sessions?
When you come for a Aquatic Physical Therapy session, your initial evaluation will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour outside the pool. Once completed, your regular water therapy sessions in the pool will be between 50 - 60 minutes long.
All of our Aquatic Wellness sessions are between 50 - 60 minutes in duration.
+ Is this a group class?
No, we focus on you. You will receive an individualized program based on your diagnosis and current condition, specifically catering to your personal needs. Both our Aquatic Physical Therapy and our Aquatic Wellness sessions are one-on-one.
+ What should I bring?
If you are joining us for an AQUATIC PHYSICAL THERAPY session, there are a few things we’d like to ask you to bring to your initial evaluation appointment: a copy of your prescription, a list of any medications you are taking, your insurance information, and a photo ID.
Regardless of whether you are joining us for an Aquatic Physical Therapy or Wellness session, we’d ask you to arrive in proper swimming attire. Cotton clothing cannot be worn in the pool. Water PT offers wetsuit vests if needed; some patients also choose to bring swim caps, earplugs and / or water shoes. This is up to you! All our locations have shower facilities and locker rooms available. You must bring your own towel, toiletries, and locks with you.
+ Can you help me enter the pool?
Many of our patients have mobility issues. There is nothing to hold you back, because some of our pool locations have a lift for those who need assistance in and out of the water. Please give us a call in advance if you want to ensure your location has a lift: (310) 991-7751.
+ Will my insurance cover my Aquatic Physical Therapy session?
Our Aquatic Physical Therapy sessions can be covered by your insurance. Here the details:
Water PT is a member of the UCLA and Cedars Sinai HMOs; we are in network with Medicare, Tri-Care and Blue Shield of California. Many other private insurance companies cover our services depending on your policy. We accept most private PPO insurances depending on the policy. Please fax, email, call in, or bring your insurance information for verification. At this time we are unfortunately unable to accept Medical and Kaiser.
+ Do I need a prescription?
For Aquatic Wellness you do not need a prescription.
However, if you would like your medical insurance to cover your Aquatic Physical Therapy treatment, then yes, you must have a current prescription from your doctor for Physical Therapy. The prescription needs to include a valid diagnosis and the frequency/duration of your treatment. If convenient, you can fax or email a copy of your prescription and insurance information to 310.881.1219 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the Initial Evaluation. You may begin treatment without a prescription, but we strongly recommend getting one before your first visit to make sure that your insurance company will cover the expenses.
+ What if I don't have insurance?
That’s no problem! You can still heal in the water with us:
If you are joining us for a medical aquatic physical therapy treatment with one of our licensed PTs and your treatment is not covered by your health insurance plan, you will still need a prescription to begin treatment. The treatment costs are $200 per treatment or $1500 for 10 treatments.
+ How much do the Aqautic Wellness sessions cost?
Our aquatic wellness sessions are not billable through insurance. These treatments vary between fitness and bodywork sessions find out more here depending on your individual needs and wishes. Our session that focuses on fitness and bodywork costs $150 per session or $1200 for a package of 10 sessions. Our session that is purely floating is $200 for one session or $1500 for a package of 10 sessions. Each session is about 50 - 60 minutes in duration.
+ What's the difference between Aquatic Physical Therapy and Aquatic Wellness?
Aquatic Therapy is a medical treatment that will be prescribed to you by your medical professional. It is designed to help patients heal after injury or to relieve pain of an ongoing illness.
Aquatic Wellness is a healing experience that delivers through bodywork which can be quite passive on your part or a fitness session which can include more exercises. Aquatic Wellness is an ideal alternative prenatal treatment offering relaxation as well as preparation. But it’s also suitable to athletes and those suffering from back pain, stress and other physical injuries.
+ Does this really work?
The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health starts their research by stating: “The use of water for various treatments (hydrotherapy) is probably as old as mankind.” The further conclude: “[...] this review suggests that the hydrotherapy has a scientific evidence-based effect on various systems of the body.” You can read the full report here. Water PT has helped many patients over the years, just like Leslye who suffers from Osteo-Arthritis and said: “I have gained greater strength, more flexibility, greater range of motion, less pain, weight loss, and increase ease of walking…”
+ Anything we haven't answered?
We’d be delighted to answer any additional questions you might have. Visit our Contact Us and either complete the form with your question or give us a call directly.