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Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy 

What might seem like splashing around in the pool might be just the therapy your child needs! 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: 

  • Arthritis 
  • Balance deficits 
  • Cardiac diseases 
  • Limited range of motion 
  • Motor learning and processing disorders 
  • Neurological conditions (MS, CVA, CP) 
  • Obesity 
  • Orthopedic injuries/trauma 
  • Pain 
  • Perceptual/spatial problems 
  • Poor motor coordination 
  • Sensory disorders 
  • Spasticity 
  • Weakness 

Young boy with towel

How aquatic therapy works 

Water offers both buoyancy and resistance, creating a great environment for kids to improve muscle tone, endurance and flexibility; build strength; and enhance coordination.  Aquatic therapy is not intended to teach a child how to swim, but may provide foundational skills needed for swimming. 

We have a few guidelines that your child must meet to safely use our therapy pool: 

  • Ability to follow simple directions 
  • Have a medical prescription 
  • No open medical ports 
  • No uncontrollable seizures 
  • Post-surgical therapy cleared by physician 
  • Toilet trained 

Aquatic therapy consists of weekly sessions for seven weeks. Appointments are offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Because of limited pool availability, we can’t offer make-up sessions for missed appointments. 

Why choose CHoR? 

Our physical and occupational therapists have the unique training to work with pediatric patients, and they’re dedicated to providing skilled, comprehensive and hands-on care – just for kids. Our therapists work with parents to establish and work toward personalized goals, based on your child’s needs and abilities – and they work just as diligently to make sure each session is engaging and fun! 


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(804) 323-9060