Aquatic Therapy

Utilize the buoyancy of the water to increase functional outcomes


Aquatic Physical Therapy is Perhaps the Most Innovative Solution in Pain Relief.

Aquatic therapy at our Lititz, Mount Joy, Lancaster-East and Lancaster-West offices, is the ideal treatment for a wide variety of injuries and pain. It is an alternative to traditional therapy and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.  We understand it is difficult to schedule time in the pool at many facilities in  Lancaster County.  At HARTZ PT we are able to schedule you within 24 – 48 hours.



Our Aquatic Director, Wendy Enck, PTA has dedicated hours at both Lancaster-East, Lititz  and our new pool at Lancaster-West to focus 1-on-1 with our aquatic therapy patients.  Your aquatic rehabilitation program will always be overseen and progressed by your physical therapist and each aquatic therapy appointment is tailored to meet the patients’ unique symptom presentation allowing for optimal progression.  One patient is scheduled in the pool area at a time and monitored throughout their entire visit.  With a maintained water temperature of 90-92 degrees and private changing areas with showers and towels provided, patients will be comfortable throughout their visit.

Common conditions treated are:

  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Sports Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Balance Disorders
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Post-operative Recovery
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain
  • Cervical Spine & Posture Problems

Our Services

The therapists at HARTZ PT provide 1-on-1 attention and tailor appointments to meet your unique symptoms. The buoyancy created by the water allows for decreased stress on joints and helps you perform exercises and range of motion activities that may be difficult to complete on land. The versatility of water provides increased interest and ease of movement, which can result in a more positive response to rehabilitation exercises.

Aquatic therapy can help you with the following:

  • Reducing Stress on Joints
  • Increasing Flexibility
  • Improving Gait & Mobility
  • Building Muscle Strength
  • Enhancing Balance & Coordination
  • Improving Circulation & Ease of Movement
  • Promoting Relaxation
  • Increasing Endurance
  • Reducing Swelling & Pain Control

Treatment may include:

  • Upper & lower extremity strengthening with hand paddles and aquatic weights.
  • Functional movement exercises using steps to improve walking or climbing.
  • Water current resistance therapy allows a quicker return to full weight bearing sport
    activities verses land rehabilitation.
  • Use of water current and various standing positions to improve balance and stability.
  • Non-weight bearing deep water exercises including traction and stretching.
  • Refine swimmer stroke technique to prevent future injury and improve performance.

This video, narrated by our Aquatic Director, Wendy Enck, PTA, gives you a tour of the aquatic facilities at HARTZ PT

If you have any questions about aquatic therapy please call:

Lititz  |  717.625.2228

Mount Joy  |  717.492.8708

Lancaster-East  |  717.396.7766

Lancaster-West  | 717.735.8880