Water is a very effective therapeutic tool. It provides a weightless environment that enables children to move more freely than they can on land. Warm water also helps to relax tight muscles and improve flexibility, while the resistance helps strengthen all of the muscles in the body. The pressure of the water may also improve respiration, cardiovascular function, and body awareness.
The Aquatics Program at The Children's Hospital is staffed by an occupational therapist, physical therapist, and speech/language pathologist. These therapists work with the child's regular therapist to design a safe and fun-filled aquatic therapy plan that promotes health, self-confidence, and improved function.
Aquatic therapy is especially beneficial to children with the following conditions: