Why Treat in the Water?
Our aquatic therapy certification is from angelfishtherapy.com. According to their site, there are several reasons to treat in the water:
Working in the water allows children to perform and learn movements that would otherwise be too difficult to do on land. Returning to their land-based program provides them the opportunity to practice movements which have become more skilled in the water. Physiological benefits of a 88-92 degree pool include: decreased pain, increased range of motion, decreased sensitivity of sensory nerve endings and increased joint range of motion.
Physiological benefits of vestibular stimulation from buoyancy and resistance include: changing and improving the ability to integrate sensory information. Viscosity of the water allow time for a child to react and experiment with the consequences of movement. Hydrostatic pressure improves circulation, increases the work of breathing and gives 360 degrees of deep pressure.
When is Aqua Therapy Needed?
Children with the following diagnoses may benefit from Aqua Therapy:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Congenital Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Chromosomal Abnormality
- Sensory Integration Disorders
- General Developmental Delay
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and more