Aquatic therapy uses water and specially-designed activities to aid in restoring and maintaining quality of function. It can be helpful for children with a variety of conditions, including:
- Balance deficits
- Cardiac diseases
- Limited range of motion
- Motor learning and processing disorders
- Neurological conditions (MS, CVA, CP)
- Orthopedic injuries/trauma
- Perceptual/spatial problems
- Poor motor coordination
- Sensory disorders
How it works
Buoyancy and resistance make water beneficial in improving muscle tone, strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination. Aquatic therapy is not intended to teach a child how to swim, but may provide foundational skills needed for swimming.
Children come for aquatic therapy one time a week for seven weeks.
For the health and safety of the child and others using the pool, the following guidelines must be met in order to qualify for aquatic therapy.
- Able to follow simple directions
- Have a medical prescription
- No open medical ports
- No uncontrollable seizures
- Post-surgical therapy cleared by physician
- Toilet trained
Why choose CHoR?
Our physical and occupational therapists have specialty pediatric training and they are dedicated to providing skilled, comprehensive and hands-on care, just for kids! They also have specific education in therapeutic exercises in the aquatic environment. The therapists work with parents to establish and work toward goals personalized to each child's needs and abilities. They strive to make each session effective and fun.
Appointments and Location
Bon Air Therapy Center - Sheltering Arms Pool
206 Twinridge Lane, Suite C
Richmond, Virginia 23235
Aquatic therapy appointments are offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. As sessions are limited in availability, we are not able to offer make-up sessions for missed appointments.