Therapeutic Pain Management, LLC
Rebecca E. Hankins, LMT, MMP

Aqua Thermassage Table

 

What is the Aqua Thermassage Service?


It is a heated, dry hydro massage unit that contains 8 rotating hydro-jets strategically placed from the spine to the sacrum. There are six additional jets located on the legs. The patient lies clothed and stays completely dry while laying on this full length water bed.

The combination of flotation, heat and massage create a state of total relaxation that reduces muscle spasms and helps lower stress levels.  With our simple and intuitive control panel, you can easily direct synchronized water flow to all the vital areas of the body.  

You can lay in one position to relax or you can move your extremities to perform physical therapy exercises/stretches while the jets are manipulating the soft tissue.  Either way, the table is a great way to get mobilization of the joints and manipulation of the soft tissue done in one short visit.  

Visits are available in 10, 15, and 20 minute time increments.  Its perfect for those who are needing a treatment on their lunch break, in between meetings or events, or for someone that requires repeat treatments and is needing an inexpensive alternative!  Some patients also use the table for quick relief of a mild flare up that has happened
in between scheduled visits.   


 

What all can Hydrotherapy do for me?


CIRCULATORY SYSTEM 

Reduces ischemia (lack of blood, therefore reduces pain due to chemical irritation of free nerve endings.) 

Increases the number of red blood cells in circulation. 

Stimulation causes a causes a slight increase in blood pressure followed by an overall lowering of blood pressure. 

Can break the cycle of spasm & pain, decreasing both. 

Through its mechanical action on the soft tissues, produces a reflex vasodilator of blood vessels, thus increasing local circulation. 

Speeds elimination of metabolites (waste products of metabolism) from local tissues, thereby relieving tissue congestion.

Helps to reduce edema (swelling) in local tissues and extremities.

reduces pulse rate.   


NERVOUS SYSTEM 

Reduces sympathetic stimulation and helps to balance the autonomic nervous system. 

Relaxes the muscles and helps to reestablish proper tones through its effect on the neuromuscular reflex system.  

Stimulates the touch, pressure, and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying tissue.  

Sedative, stimulating, effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of the treatment given. 

Affects the neurotransmitters of the brain and increases endorphin secretion in particular.

Can reduce nerve entrapment through the release of soft tissue or muscle binding. 

 

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

Increases tissues fluid and lymphatic circulation thus reducing edema and enhancing the immune system and filtering activities of the system. 

Increases venous and lymphatic flow.  


SKIN 

Helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increase its circulation. 


MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEMS 

Improves circulation and nutrition of the joints, increases joint range of motion. 

Reduces muscle and soft tissue pain and can reduce and eliminate "trigger points".

Increases blood supply and nutrition to muscles and speeds the elimination of metabolic wastes including lactic acid. 

Relaxes muscles, reduces spasms, tension, and cramping. 

Can stimulate muscle contraction. 

Can stretch the connective tissue, rearrange its shape, and reduce myofascial strain and chronic shortening.  


EXCRETORY SYSTEM 

Increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and waste products. 

Can facilitate elimination through the large intestine by mechanically stimulating peristalsis and improving tone.  


RESPIRATORY SYSTEM 

Can be used to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compression  movements. 

Deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through relaxation and release of tension in the breathing structures.  

Increases oxygen intake of tissues. 

Increases metabolism. 

Increases pulmonary minute ventilation. 


NEUROMUSCULAR EFFECTS 

Analgesic 

Elevates pain threshold. 

Assists in resolution of muscular guarding. 

Alters nerve conduction velocity. 

In combination with exercise, enhances elasticity of connective tissues. 

 

 

Will insurance cover this?


Aqua Thermassage is listed with the FDA as a Physical Medicine Medical Massage Device.  The AMA recommends CPT code 97039, which is what our office uses for this service.  Reimbursement varies by carrier and policy benefits, however you will have to call your members benefits hotline to check coverage and we will need to pre-authorize visits before billing this service.  

This is an inexpensive alternative for therapy.  So even if your policy does not cover this service, visits range from $8 - $15 with self pay discount and most co-pays are double that!  If you have health savings or flex spending, you can use those benefits to cover your visit.  



 

What are you waiting for....come on in and  experience the relaxing and healing benefits of
our Hydrotherapy service!  


The Aqua Thermassage unit is a stand alone service so walk-ins are welcome! 
 

 

 

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