Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy

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You would do anything you can to help your children. As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you are always looking into different therapies and activities that could help your child gain independence, improve her quality of life, and, of course, allow her to have some fun.

Aqua Therapy for Kids With Cerebral Palsy

There are other rehabilitation therapies outside of the typical physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy that could help your child. Aqua therapy, or aquatic therapy, is one of those therapies.

Aqua therapy, as the name suggests, takes place in the water. An aquatic therapist performs exercises with your child that help her:

  • swim teacher in pool with young childDevelop muscle control
  • Improve strength
  • Improve heart function and circulation
  • Increase resistance
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve endurance and flexibility
  • Gain confidence
  • Gain independence
  • Improve sensory integration
  • Improve the quality of life

Some of the activities that may take place during an aqua therapy session to achieve these goals include:

  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Exercises
  • Games

Generally, aquatic therapy sessions are run by physical therapists or occupational therapists who have their AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification.

How to Pay for Aquatic Therapy

Your child’s health insurance is unlikely to cover the costs of aqua therapy. Even if the treatment is extremely beneficial, you will have to pay for the therapy out of your own pocket unless you are successful with a birth injury lawsuit and prove that aqua therapy is necessary to your child’s recovery.

An experienced cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer and our staff nurse will evaluate your case and your child’s treatment plan. If her cerebral palsy was caused by a mistake made during labor or delivery, we will fight hard to get your child the full and fair recovery she deserves. Some of the money recovered in a settlement or court award may be used to pay for therapies, such as aquatic therapy, that are important to your child’s physical and emotional well-being.

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