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Aquatic Therapy at Flow Aquatics

Aquatic therapy takes advantage of principles such as buoyancy, relative density, viscosity, resistance, hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, and flow to address a child’s goals.  The unique properties of water are especially beneficial in improved self-esteem, independence, and quality of life in ways that can’t be addressed by traditional land-based therapy.  The pool is also a naturally motivating and rewarding environment for children which promotes a fun, play based approach to treatment. 

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Who is aquatic therapy for?

Common conditions/diagnoses benefiting from Aquatic Therapy includes: 



-Cerebral Palsy

-Balance disorders


-Orthopedic injuries or status post orthopedic surgery

-Abnormal muscle tone including hypotonia or hypertonia/spasticity

-Muscular dystrophy

-Down Syndrome


-Spina Bifida

-Respiratory impairments

-Sensory processing disorder

-Children with delayed speech or language development

-Children with social/emotional regulation difficulties

-Developmental Coordination Disorder

-Developmental Delay

Common Goals for Aquatic Therapy Programs:

-Improve balance, coordination, and gross motor skills 

-Build muscle strength & endurance

-Improve aerobic capacity & endurance 

-Reduce stress and promote relaxation

-Address gait & locomotion

-Promote free movement and joint protection

-Improve attention

-Promote sensory integration

-Improve motor planning/sequencing

-Build social skills

-Improve visual-spatial perception & fine motor skills

-Improved breath control & posture for speech/vocalizations

-Develop language skills

-Promote vestibular stimulation to improve body awareness and motor learning

-Improved oral motor skills 

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