Aquatic therapy is a modality used in conjunction with a child’s current occupational or physical therapy weekly visit. Aquatic therapy has many benefits including strengthening, motor planning, range of motion, overall sensory regulation and more! Using a temperature-controlled pool and water properties to assist, children can engage in exercises he or she may not be able to do on land making it an optimal condition to build strength, coordination, and sensory desensitization.
Our aquatic therapy is performed in a state-of-the-art therapy pool that is temperature controlled at 92°. Aqua therapy can be fun and highly motivating for your child. Aquatic therapy allows physical and occupational therapists the use of specialized intervention strategies that only the water can provide. In water a child may be able to perform exercises he or she may not be able to do on land. With the water providing both support and resistance, this makes an optimal condition to build strength and coordination.
Can my child benefit from aquatic therapy?
Aquatic Therapy can effectively be treat( but not limited to):
Decreased motor planning
Decreased strength and endurance
Decreased tolerance to weight bearing
Sensory impairments or disorder
Abnormal muscle tone
Impaired head and trunk control
Respiratory problems and disorders
Orthopedic injuries (fractures and sprains)
Problems with reflex integration
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy Intervention:
Muscular Strength and Endurance
Improve Posture and Core Strength
Weight-Bearing and Precise Muscle Reeducation
Cardio-respiratory and Pulmonary Endurance
Improve Motor Skills and Motor Control
Improves Sensory Regulation
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder may receive these additional benefits:
Provides valuable sensory input to assist with sensory regulation
Provides hydrostatic pressure that surrounds the body causing a calming effect to the central nervous system causing relaxation and anxiety reduction
Improves muscle tone
Improves cardiovascular health and increased endurance when exercises like walking and running are incorporated
Increases opportunities for socialization
Children with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida may receive these additional benefits:
Heart conditioning exercises, children with limited mobility may have limited opportunities to increase their heart rate during daily physical activity
Improved flexibility – relaxed, warm muscles tolerate stretching and range of motion with greater ease
Elevated mood due to reduction of weight bearing on joints and muscles
Constant sensory input because of the waters gentle movement and support
Children often work harder in the water because it takes less effort compared to dry land
Speak to your Occupational or Physical Therapist today about adding Aquatic Therapy to your child’s treatment protocol today or call our office at 708-226-9200 to learn more!