Physical and Aquatic Therapy - YMCA of Greater Des Moines Healthy Living Center | Clive, Iowa 50325
The YMCA Healthy Living Center

Physical and Aquatic Therapy

The YMCA Healthy Living Center provides outpatient physical and aquatic therapy rehabilitation and restorative patient care services.  We are dedicated to improving our patients' quality of life.  All of our therapy programs are designed with personalized goals in mind.  Not only do we strive to return each patient safely and quickly to prior levels of activity, we also offer various step-through programs into long-term healthy living with a YMCA membership.

The YMCA Physical and Aquatic Therapy clinic is now accepting Work Comp and Work Conditioning clients.  Case Managers and Physicians can call for a tour of the facility at 515-645-3342 or check out our website for a virtual tour by clicking HERE.

With state of the art equipment, warm water pools, therapeutic modalities and a large rehab staff, we can get your clients/patients back to work quickly and on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.  Call today to schedule an appointment with a YMCA Physical Therapist at 515-645-3350.

Physical Therapy Office Hours:

Monday 7:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 6:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday* 8:00am - 12:00pm
*open on occasion  







Physical Therapy

The YMCA Healthy Living Center Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are licensed professionals who are experts in biomechanics within the spheres of health promotion, prevention, restoration, and rehabilitation.  They are trained to analyze movement and identify abnormal mechanics.  Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.  After an initial evaluation they will treat a dysfunction with manual skills and therapeutic exercise that will accelerate the recovery process.  Upon discharge the therapist will design a specific exercise program that a patient may execute independently.  In addition, our patient's can transfer from therapy into various medical programs to continue therapy goals supervised by medical program instructors as a member of the YMCA Healthy Living Center.

Aquatic Therapy

For many years, physical therapists have seen the benefits of aquatic therapy. As well as treating patients with orthopedic injuries and chronic pain, aquatic physical therapy is also an effective treatment for post-surgical patients, neurological patients, post-partum patients, cancer patients suffering from painful joints and muscles, and athlete rehabilitation.

Why Water Works?

Water has numerous characteristics that make it conducive to meeting treatment goals. Hydrostatic pressure is the equal pressure on all body parts that are immersed in water; this trait often helps to reduce swelling when exercises are performed below the surface of the water.

When a person enters the water the hydrostatic pressure that is applied to all body surfaces creates an upward force known as buoyancy. Buoyancy decreases the forces on body tissues and reduces joint impact. It also allows exercise with decreased pain and improved mobility for those individuals who may be overweight or arthritic. It is remarkable to see how quickly patients improve when they begin aquatic physical therapy.

Another characteristic of water that makes it beneficial for treatment is resistance. Water is much more resistive than air. This resistance provides weak muscles with needed strength training. The natural properties of water allow patients to improve quicker in water than they would on land.

Aquatic Therapy is Appropriate for Patients With

  • Cervical and low back pain
  • Rheumatoid/Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint sprains and strains
  • Total joint arthroplasty
  • Athletic injuries
  • Post surgical orthopedic conditions
  • Various neurological disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Various chronic pain conditions
  • Obesity
  • Children with disabilities

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Improves range of motion
  • Increases muscular strength and core stabilization
  • Enhances oxygen and caloric consumption
  • Works balance and coordination
  • General relaxation
  • Joint flexibility
  • Promotes circulation
  • Pain reduction
  • Joint distraction or unloading
  • Athletic enhancement

Physical and Aquatic Therapy is provided by one of the YMCA's team of licensed Physical Therapists.  To receive physical or aquatic therapy a participant must have a doctor’s referral. For more information contact the PT clinic at 515-645-3350. 

FES Bike

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) has been used for years to strengthen weak muscles in individuals with neuromuscular impairments. Studies with FES ergometry (combination FES and cycling) have demonstrated improvements in blood flow, exercise capacity, body composition, metabolism and muscle mass. There are real benefits for cardiovascular health and other measures of health status. These improvements promote neural recovery and functional gains in individuals who have had an injury or illness that compromised their neuromuscular system. 

The FES Bike is a rehabilitative and restorative tool whereby electrical current stimulates nerves to evoke muscle contractions. The FES Bike creates patterned movement of the arms or legs, enabling muscles to work and perform active cycling even though someone may have lost voluntary control of those muscles.    

The FES Bike RT300 has a touch-sensitive, full-color controller screen and software defaults that make the initial set-up fast and simple. At a glance, individuals can evaluate their stimulation level, speed, distance, power, resistance and time remaining. Internet connectivity lets individuals follow their results and clinicians can control and monitor progress with the RT300 from any location that has accessibility to the internet.

The FES Bike can be used as a modality in a patient's plan of care. The objective in this situation would be to assist in the achievement of therapy goals. Another use of the FES Bike is for community-based exercise. With a physician referral, an individual will start in Physical Therapy to establish an independent FES exercise protocol. Once independence is achieved, the individual will be able to access the bike through a YMCA Healthy Living Center membership.

To refer your patient or self to our clinic for the FES Bike, please fax a referral to 515-224-2907 and/or contact the PT clinic at 515-645-3350.

WHO TV13 highlighted the FES Bike recently...
read more about how the bike has made an impact here. 
Click HERE to see the story. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention 1 in every 3 adults over age 65 falls each year. If that is not surprising enough, falls are the most common cause of hospital admissions in the elderly. A major cause of falls is dizziness, or vertigo. Dizziness affects 65% of people over age 65 and 35.4% of people over age 40.


The good news is there is something that can be done to help people that suffer from dizziness or poor balance. Physical therapy can be a very effective treatment and can help improve balance and strength to reduce the risk of falls. 


At the YMCA Healthy Living Center, we have staff that is specially trained to treat a wide variety of vestibular disorders.  Vestibular Rehabilitation is a safe and effective method of managing complaints of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance.  Your physician can refer you to our Physical and Aquatic Therapy Clinic where we can help you return to a healthy and active lifestyle. 


If you or someone you know suffers from poor balance or dizziness, contact your physician for a referral to Physical Therapy at the YMCA Healthy Living Center. To schedule an appointment call 515-645-3350 or your referral can be faxed to 515-224-2907.   

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