The Center for Orthopedics and Movement
7 Alumni Drive
Exeter, NH 03833
Our pediatric aquatic therapy providers use the properties of water, in addition to various pieces of therapy equipment, to provide treatment interventions to children who demonstrate challenges in muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, sensory processing, functional mobility, and motor development. The pool provides a unique medium that allows for freedom of movement because gravity is minimized. Outcomes are intended to improve a child’s participation in daily living, community and family activities.
**Please note: All initial evaluations are completed on land with one of our pediatric therapy specialists. Based on the findings and recommendations from the evaluation, the therapist and family will determine the appropriateness of aquatic therapy.
Some of the diagnoses that may be appropriate for aquatic therapy:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sensory Processing
- Erb’s Palsy
- Developmental Delay
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spina Bifida
- Orthopedic and Sport’s Injuries
What is aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is an evidence based approach that allows therapists to utilize the unique properties of water to provide therapeutic interventions. The water is used as a treatment option for children with a wide range of diagnoses to promote participation in daily activities and to achieve optimal function. Our therapists are well trained in the fundamentals and benefits of aquatic therapy.
Properties of water
The therapeutic temperature of the pool allows muscles to relax and improves circulation and range of motion. Buoyancy supports the body, removes gravitational forces on the body and joints, and allows individuals to move easily. Hydrostatic pressure surrounds the body and helps circulation which can decrease swelling. These properties also provide resistance to the body improving the child’s strength.
The benefits of aquatic therapy
- Greater muscle function and strength
- Enhanced balance, coordination and flexibility
- Aerobic conditioning
- Sensory stimulation
Meet our pediatric aquatic therapy providers