Empowering Children to Succeed, One Ability at a Time​​

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 also 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 Kenosha
7101 53rd St. 
Kenosha, WI 53144

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:

Limited joint range of motion
Abnormal muscle tone/spasticity
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