Aquatic Therapy

Almost ANY land exercise can be performed in the water, if creative enough!

Aquatic therapy is combining the therapeutic properties of water with traditional therapy techniques to achieve a greater functional level in gross motor and/or fine motor skills. Aquatic therapy is a compliment to land based therapies and is part of a complete therapy program. We can start seeing children in the water as early as 6 months of age! Speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy can all be provided in the water!

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
• Improved gross and fine motor skills
• Increased balance and coordination
• Increased confidence/self-esteem
• Decreased stress/emotional state
• Increased circulation
• Increased strength
• Increased flexibility
• Increased sensory input, feedback, and proprioception
• Decreased effect of gravity = increased freedom of movement
• Decreased tone and relaxation of tight muscles
• Decrease pain

Diagnoses and Disorders that have had success in Aquatic Therapy:
• Autism
• Sensory processing disorder
• Cerebral Palsy
• Hypermobility (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Joint Syndrome)
• Down’s Syndrome/Low tone patient’s
• Degenerative Muscular/Nerve Diseases (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome and Muscular Dystrophy)
• Chromosomal Disorder’s (Angelman Syndrome)
• Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

“Since my daughter has some tight muscles, physical therapy in a warm water pool is more effective than on land. Being in the water also helps reduce the weight of her body, which allows her to complete a full hour of therapy, something she cannot do in any therapy area outside of the pool. She has greater success in each activity, bringing more positive reinforcement, which then motivates her to continue working. It’s no wonder she loves her days in the swimming pool! I would absolutely recommend aquatic therapy at ABC to other parents!” – Parent