Pool Therapy (also known as hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy) is physical rehabilitation that is performed in the water. It utilizes the concepts of buoyancy, turbulence, and increased resistance to movement that cannot be re-created on land. It is a popular treatment for a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
What are the benefits?
- Facilitates muscle relaxation
- Reduces joint stiffness and improves joint range of motion
- Reduces swelling
- Allows for progressive weight bearing on painful joints
- Improves muscle strength and stability
- Improves balance, motor planning, and coordination
- Improves cardiovascular endurance
- Facilitates recovery after injury or surgery
- Promotes community participation, independence & social development
Why do kids come for pool therapy?
- To improve their confidence in the water
- As an alternative way to strengthen muscles
- To practice weight bearing positions in the water (the lack of gravity reduces pressure on the joints)
- Achieving a variety of physical goals while engaging in FUN games and activities!
What does a pool session look like?
Treatment takes place at a community pool with a physiotherapist. Sessions are packed with fun games and activities that are designed to improve muscle strength, balance, coordination, cardiovascular endurance, and more!
Are you interested in pool therapy? At PlayWorks Physio, we provide individualized, 1-on-1 pool therapy with a physiotherapist to meet your child’s needs and help them work towards their goals.
For more information or if you would like to book an initial assessment, click here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. An initial assessment in-clinic is required prior to sessions in the pool.
Written by: Melanie Touhey, Interim Physiotherapist