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Aquatic Therapy

Therapeutic activities performed in an aquatic environment provide excellent opportunities for children to develop their motor skills. Therapists are able to use the unique properties of water to enhance therapeutic activities. The gravity-lessened environment of water can help children explore and practice movements and skills they are not yet able to perform on land. Water provides resistance to active movement through all planes of motion, facilitating gains in strength for all major muscle groups. Movement through water provides increased tactile and proprioceptive input that enhances body awareness and motor learning. Aquatic therapy assists in PT exercises by:

  • Providing gravity-lessened environment
  • Adding resistance to exercise
  • Increasing joint range of motion and muscle strength
  • Increasing proprioceptive input with environment
  • Raising motor learning and body awareness

 

The benefits of aquatic therapy include:

  • Decrease in pain
  • Decrease in muscle spasms
  • Decrease in abnormal tone and rigid muscles
  • Decrease in joint compression
  • Increase in mobility and range of motion
  • Balance and coordination
  • Increase in trunk stability and postural alignment
  • Perceptual and spatial awareness
  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved body image and self-esteem
  • Enhanced mood
  • Increased patience
  • Stress and tension release
  • Renewed energy
  • Positive attitude

The aquatic therapy program at Children's Therapy Corner is offered to children of all abilities. Aquatic therapy can be an effective intervention for children with abnormal muscle tone, muscle weakness, poor postural control, decreased endurance, and limited mobility. Children working to develop higher-level motor skills such as breath control, balance, coordination and gait are likely to benefit from aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is an excellent treatment option for children with weight bearing limitations secondary to an orthopedic injury, JRA or osteogenesis imperfecta.

Children initiating aquatic therapy need to have completed a land-based physical therapy evaluation. Following the evaluation, or at any point while receiving physical therapy, the primary physical therapist may recommend your child to our aquatic therapy program. Treatment programs are individualized to address the goals of each child and family. As with many therapy sessions at Children's Therapy Corner, parents/caregivers are always welcome to actively participate in aquatic therapy sessions. Children may participate in aquatic therapy alone, or in combination with land-based physical therapy. Children who are not routinely followed for land-based physical therapy may be asked to attend a monthly land-based session so that the therapist can evaluate their progress during functional activities. To see if aquatic therapy would benefit your child, contact us.

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