What is Aquatic Therapy?
Leveraging the physical properties of water, aqua therapy provides a primarily non-weight-bearing activity, enabling children with varying levels of mobility to move more freely. Water therapy can help patients improve muscle tone, elevate endurance and cardiovascular efficiency, and increase circulation, balance and coordination.
For the children and young adults of St. Mary’s, water therapy sessions are a well-balanced mix of specialized treatment and wholesome fun. Patients work one-on-one with an aquatic physical therapist who is specially trained in techniques to maximize their functional independence.
Goals of Aquatic Therapy
- Improve overall musculoskeletal function
- Improve strength and endurance
- Improve flexibility
- Improve balance and coordination
- Assisting with gait and locomotion
- Reducing stress/pain and promoting relaxation
- Assist with improving sensory processing abilities
Therapists and other clinicians trained in Aquatic principles and basic life support will evaluate and determine the appropriate care plans for each child. An Aquatic session runs for 30 minutes ranging from 1 to 2 days per week for a total of 6 weeks. The Aquatic team will then reassess to determine continued candidacy.
St. Mary’s Aquatic Outpatient Program
Sonia Kaur: 718-281-8987
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