Aqua therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. Physical Therapists use aquatic therapy to meet specific goals utilizing the fun environment of the warm pool. When a patient is in the water, the buoyancy helps to assist the weight of the patient, therefore reducing the stress and weight bearing on the joints. By reducing the stress on the joints, the patient may experience decreased pain in the water and be able to perform exercises that they could not do on land. The buoyancy of the water can also assist weak muscles to allow increased performance of active exercises. Also, the therapist can use the resistance of the water in order to help strengthen muscle groups and do functional movements, such as walking. The warmth of the water during aquatic therapy also helps to relax muscles and increases blood flow. This aspect of water therapy is beneficial because therapists are able to work on stretching activities in the water and patients will often report decreased pain while performing activities in the water.
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Instead of actually going to aqua therapy (expensive and another appt to worry about), we bought a hot tub and its been so great for Claire. She always learns new skills in the water long before she can do them on land. For instance, she learned to cruise in the water a month before she did it in the house. Currently, she is working on standing independently in the water. We leave the temp at around 90 degrees and don't use any chemicals--just pour in epsom salt and change the water often. Yesterday, she spent almost three hours in there and I had to pry her out. Its really fun to watch her in the water because she is capable of doing so much more and loves the freedom.”
Water therapy in all forms is amazing!
My 11 year old with SB is a mermaid! She is the first one in the pool or lake and the last one out of our 5 kids. She tells me she feels "lighter" in the water and "more mobile." I have noticed that after our aquatic therapy sessions or a week at the lake, she is much more confident, mobile, and generally in better health. I highly recommend finding a therapist who is willing to work in water or find a swim instructor who has experience with special-needs kids.”
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