Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is designed to benefit children by working on therapeutic skills in a warm water environment. The pool setting offers a variety of water-based activities that enhance or restore mobility and function. In the water, children are able to work on strengthening exercises, range of motion in the extremities and trunk, balance, coordination, and endurance activities. Children are able to work on functional daily activities and living skills, while achieving the therapeutic benefits from the water’s sensory effects. The water provides an environment that is able to challenge a child in all three planes of movement. The therapist is able to utilize the properties of the water to support, assist, and resist the child’s movement while in the water. 

Aquatic therapy through Medical Support Services, Inc. takes place at

YMCA of Racine
725 Lake Avenue
Racine, WI 53403

or


Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive
Mount Pleasant, WO 53406

Some areas of improvement that can be expected include:

Decreased muscle stiffness

Increase in muscle relaxation

Improvements in posture, balance, and coordination

Increased circulation

Increased range of motion

Increased strength and endurance

Improvements in mobility with decreased compressive forces and reduced joint strain

Enhanced sensory feedback and body awareness

 Candidates for Referral:  Weakness  Limited joint range of motion  Abnormal muscle tone/spasticity  Pain  Sensory deficits  Limited mobility skills  Weight bearing restrictions  Pulmonary insufficiency  Poor balance reactions  Perception/spatial problems  Decreased endurance  Coordination/motor planning difficulties  Post-surgical conditions

Candidates for Referral:

Weakness

Limited joint range of motion

Abnormal muscle tone/spasticity

Pain

Sensory deficits

Limited mobility skills

Weight bearing restrictions

Pulmonary insufficiency

Poor balance reactions

Perception/spatial problems

Decreased endurance

Coordination/motor planning difficulties

Post-surgical conditions