A division of Muller & Weber Physical Therapy, Muller Aquatic Center has been providing aquatic physical therapy services to the Santa Barbara community for over 10 years.

What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Aquatic therapy uses water as a medium for therapeutic treatment and exercise. Water is an ideal environment for therapy because buoyancy greatly reduces body mass and provides support, which allows for easier and less painful movement. After completing an evaluation in the clinic, patients receive individualized aquatic physical therapy programs based on their diagnosis, goals, and current functional limitations. No swimming skills are necessary. 

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Your aquatic therapy program may include:

  • Upper & lower body exercises in shallow and/or deep water
  • Gait and balance training
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Core strengthening & spinal stabilization exercises
  • Specialized aquatic manual therapy techniques
  • Deep water vertical traction for spinal decompression
  • Stretching
  • Instruction in an aquatic exercise program to perform on your own

Issues We Address/Specialties:

  • Arthritis & Juvenile Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke / Chronic Stroke
  • Pre-natal & Post-natal Conditions
  • Balance Disorders
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Hip & Knee Pain
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Labral Tear / Femoral acetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Post Spinal Surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Trauma / Fracture
  • Pre-operative rehabilitation
  • Generalized Deconditioning
  • Cancer
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear / Repair
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Obesity / Weight Loss

I’ve been there many times over the past couple years to treat a shoulder injury and a low back fusion. They helped me to build my core strength while being careful not to aggravate my injury. They use the perfect balance.
— Kevin, former patient