Water therapy exercise programs consist of a variety of treatments and exercises that are done in a pool and may be specifically designed to provide relief of low back pain or neck pain. These exercises also serve to condition and strengthen muscles to help avoid future recurrences of back pain.

Water therapy exercise can even be found in Newcomerstown.

Newcomerstown Cy Young Pool Manager Tami Engeldinger said those that take part in the adult water aerobics activities have different ailments such as rehabilitation for knees and hip pain but they are all receiving help from the water therapy exercises.

"It's just wonderful," said Marilyn Ellis of Newcomerstown, who takes part in adult aerobics and exercises at the Cy Young Pool in Newcomerstown.

Ellis said she suffers from arthritis and an arthritis specialist in Columbus told her that water therapy exercises are the best thing for her to do.

"I can do what I can without it hurting," Ellis said because it's in the water.

Adult aerobic exercises at the Cy Young Pool are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is minimal at $1 per visit.

"It's amazing," said Newcoomerstown resident Kathy McCune, who uses the pool for water resistance exercises at least three times a week. "Everybody just loves this. This is just great. It is wonderful."

Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors.

On any given session, there are more than 40 adults that take part in the exercises programs at the Newcomerstown pool. One individual comes as far as Canton to take part in the program.

"It's very good," said Carolyn Tipple of Newcomerstown who suffers from hip pain. "It took my hip pain completely away."

But, the water therapy exercises aren't just for adults.

Thirteen-year-old Shauna Cox and her mother, Bobbi, enjoy the water therapy exercises together at the Newcomerstown pool.

Shauna, who takes dance lessons all year long, was told that another form of exercise would be beneficial for her. That's why she started doing the water therapy exercises.

"He (her doctor) thought this would be a great place to get exercise," said Bobbi Cox about having her daughter take part in the exercise program. "I've been trying to stay away from exercise for the past 43 years but this is a good thing we have here."

Water therapy is a versatile exercise and is particularly good for people with conditions such as: Osteoarthritis, advanced osteoporosis (with susceptibility to and/or pain from fracture), and muscle strain or tears.

"We love our water aerobics," said Kathy Ellis of Newcomerstown.

The love for the program has prompted those who participate to make a plea to never have the pool close like other area communities have had to do.

"Closing the pool would be the worse thing possible," McCune said.

The regular hours of operation for the Cy Young Pool are noon to 6 p.m. daily.

The cost is $3 for students, $3.50 for adults, and those 3 years and younger are free with a paying adult.