Key to Providing Excellence Aquatic Care: Inside Look from Premier Rehab’s Owner
The following blog post has been summarized from the recent article, “Dip into the Pool: Guidelines to providing excellent aquatic care,” by Kelly McFarland, PT, DPT. This article was published in the July 2015 Issue of Impact Magazine.
Clinic owner, Kelly McFarland, PT, DPT, has been surrounded by entrepreneurs her whole life, so it was only natural that she decided to open her own business: Premier Rehab in North Richland Hills, Texas.
She opened her private practice with the goal of helping people heal using personalized plans and individual care.
McFarland has been a believer in the power of water for quite some time now. “From the beginning, I wanted to make water my “niche.” I researched many options and eventually chose to invest in a therapy pool with an underwater treadmill, resistance jets and underwater video monitoring system.”
Aquatic therapy remains a main component of her practice: 12 years, 3 clinics and 18 employees later. She has found that simply marketing that they have this feature at their clinic helps to draw in new clients as well as referrals. Kelly shares that water has helped to make them a premier clinic in their area and has offered a few tips about how to create and maintain a high-quality aquatics program.
- Individualized Care: At Premier Rehab specifically, they have found that patients truly thrive in 1-on-1, personalized therapy sessions rather than a group setting. Their patients desire that personalized attention and at Premier Rehab they have created a specific system that caters to suit those needs.
- Choosing the Right Equipment: With Kelly’s goal of being a specialized aquatics practice, she wanted to be certain they chose the best equipment. They chose a HydroWorx 500 Series therapy pool with underwater treadmill, resistance jets and video monitoring system. Having this therapy pool has helped them “niche” their practice and stand out. Additionally she states that, “Having the best water, and using its tools creatively, conveys to our patients our dedication to innovation and quality care.”
- Educating Others about Water Therapy: Aquatic therapy is more than just floating in a pool.There are countless published research studies out there that share the many benefits of using aquatic therapy and an underwater treadmill for rehabilitation and exercise. Doctors W. Matthews Silvers and Dennis Dolny conducted several conclusive hydrotherapy research experiments at the University of Idaho. In the first study, it was found that training on an underwater treadmill can create a metabolic and cardiovascular environment as stressful as traditional land-based treadmills but with reduced joint stress. Each study confirmed the effectiveness and equivalent responses with aquatic fitness vs. land-based treadmills.
Download our Research Studies Book for a comprehensive overview of studies that have been done on underwater treadmills.