You will most likely have heard of hydrotherapy but what exactly is it and how does it work to support children, teens and young adults with a physical disability?
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is a widely known form of rehabilitation that involves the use of water to support both children and adults:
Hydrotherapy requires the individual to undertake different exercises in water with a physiotherapist who has specialist training in hydrotherapy.
How does it work?
The main principles of hydrotherapy are:
Supporting Xavier kids
For the children and young adults that we support, hydrotherapy has so many benefits. Children may spend hours in equipment – wheelchairs, standing frames, postural chairs, walkers and more. Hydrotherapy provides them with freedom from all of this. Floating with supports they can move their arms and legs freely and explore themselves and the environment however they want to. Our kids have so much freedom and fun in the pool.
During hydro sessions, we support our children to work on developing new skills in a setting with less weight to carry and more feedback from their body. This allows them to learn new skills or practise and improve those they haven’t been able to use for years.
Children can use this to increase their skills such as standing independently and walking in a safe 1:1 setting that can then transfer across to other environments outside of the water. It also gives an opportunity for children to learn water safety and be equals with their peers and/or siblings, enjoying an activity they can do together.
The benefits are endless. Speak to our Physio team about how hydro can support your child and then jump on in and give it a try!