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:
  • 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