Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy also called hydrotherapy refers to treatment techniques performed in water using the unique properties of water for a sensory, motor, psychological, social and other therapeutic benefits.

aquatic therapy
aquatic therapy

Our Occupational therapists are trained and certified Aquatic Therapy practitioners. We greatly enjoy and look forward to our aquatic therapy sessions since water is fun and at the same time hugely beneficial therapeutically.

We have an Aquatic Therapy program for both Adults as well as Children.

What sets aquatic therapy apart from traditional therapy is that the water – which in itself is known for restorative and healing properties – provides:
  • A sensory rich environment (sensory input through touch and pressure exerted from all sides on the body, body position and movement)
  • Counteracts the force of gravity and helps with reduced weight bearing and increased movement
  • Helps the body to stay afloat, which causes relaxation and movement in a multi-dimensional plane.
  • Provides natural resistance to movement and helps build strength and endurance.
  • Increases respiratory capacity and oxygen uptake.
  • Has a relaxing effect on joints, muscles and ligaments and helps with relaxation of tight muscles, flexibility and range of movement.
  • Alleviates pain.
  • Serves as a wonderful leisure skill.
  • Kids with significant movement restrictions on land can be independent and ambulatory in water. Therefore, water helps with increased independence and self-confidence.
  • Aquatic Group therapy sessions serve as a great way to build social and play skills.
aquatic therapy

Our Occupational therapists are trained and certified Aquatic Therapy practitioners. We greatly enjoy and look forward to our aquatic therapy sessions since water is fun and at the same time hugely beneficial therapeutically.

We have an Aquatic Therapy program for both Adults as well as Children.

What sets aquatic therapy apart from traditional therapy is that the water – which in itself is known for restorative and healing properties – provides:
  • A sensory rich environment (sensory input through touch and pressure exerted from all sides on the body, body position and movement)
  • Counteracts the force of gravity and helps with reduced weight bearing and increased movement
  • Helps the body to stay afloat, which causes relaxation and movement in a multi-dimensional plane.
  • Provides natural resistance to movement and helps build strength and endurance.
  • Increases respiratory capacity and oxygen uptake.
aquatic therapy
  • Has a relaxing effect on joints, muscles and ligaments and helps with relaxation of tight muscles, flexibility and range of movement.
  • Alleviates pain.
  • Serves as a wonderful leisure skill.
  • Kids with significant movement restrictions on land can be independent and ambulatory in water. Therefore, water helps with increased independence and self-confidence.
  • Aquatic Group therapy sessions serve as a great way to build social and play skills.

The best part is that a child or an adult, you don’t have to know swimming, to take part in an aquatic therapy program. In fact, aquatic therapy helps to decrease anxiety related to water and builds up on pre-swimming skills.

aquatic therapy
aquatic therapy

The best part is that a child or an adult, you don’t have to know swimming, to take part in an aquatic therapy program. In fact, aquatic therapy helps to decrease anxiety related to water and builds up on pre-swimming skills.

The aquatic therapy activities include, but are not limited to the following therapeutic techniques:

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Bad Ragaz Ring Method

During these exercises, an individual is instructed through a series of movements while supported by rings or floats in the water.

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Aquatic Groups

Adding even more fun to our aqua sessions are the aquatic groups that we conduct for children and adults. Our groups include: sensory aqua groups, social skills groups, arthritis groups, Ai-Chi groups for adults, fitness groups for adults and pre-swimming skills groups using Halliwick techniques.

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Watsu

Watsu is a form of aquatic bodywork used for deep relaxation and passive aquatic therapy. Watsu is characterized by one-on-one sessions in which the therapist gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages a receiver in chest-deep warm water.

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Ai Chi

Ai Chi is a form of Aquatic exercise that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. It is a technique used for strength training.

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Water Specific Therapy

It is an aquatic motor learning approach which is based on the Halliwick ten-point programme. In this therapy, the water is used to help teach balance and postural control, with emphasis on balance and core stability, without the use of any floatation devices. It involves facilitation of movements in the water, in order to achieve functional gains in the clients’ daily life on land.