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March 23, 2015

Child and Family Development offers aquatic therapy: balance benefits

Child and Family Development has offered aquatic therapy for more than 10 years and our first 2015 block has just begun! 

Two physical therapists lead this specialty service, both of whom are certified by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI):  

Pool therapy is a great complement to traditional physical therapy and occupational therapy intervention. The water provides a number of unique properties that are almost impossible to replicate on land.  

One balance benefit of treating in the pool is the buoyancy and pressure of the water allow for increased support to remain upright.  Thus, the water provides increased stability and gives a longer period of time for learning righting responses.

For the last 5 years, we have partnered with the Harris YMCA in Charlotte near South Park Mall.   The indoor pool has several features that are especially therapeutic including:

  • zero tide entrance, like walking into the ocean
  • whirlpool, with variable resistance and pressure 
  • heated water
  • floating equipment and toys 


Read future posts about more benefits of aquatic therapy.