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January 22, 2024

The Benefits of OT Aquatic Therapy

Welcome to Curative New Berlin Therapies, your dedicated partner in therapeutic interventions. In our pursuit of providing comprehensive care, we are excited to share insights into a specialized therapy approach that harnesses the therapeutic benefits of water - Occupational Therapy (OT) Aquatic Therapy. In this blog post, we'll delve into what OT Aquatic Therapy entails, who can benefit from it, and how we, in collaboration with our community partners like the local YMCA, offer tailored sessions to meet individual needs.

What is OT Aquatic Therapy? OT Aquatics goes beyond traditional swimming lessons; it involves leveraging the unique properties of water for therapeutic purposes. This includes promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tone, enhancing balance, coordination, and strength. Prior to embarking on aquatic therapy, a comprehensive land evaluation is conducted to determine the specific aquatic needs and benefits for each individual. It's important to note that individuals with excessive fear, hypersensitive skin, or poor safety awareness may not be suitable candidates for aquatic therapy. Consulting with your primary care provider or pediatrician is advised to assess the appropriateness of aquatic therapy for an individual.


Who Would Benefit? OT Aquatic Therapy is a valuable resource for individuals facing various challenges, including but not limited to Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Difficulties, Developmental Delay, and Down Syndrome, among others. This specialized therapy is designed to address a range of conditions which offers a personalized approach to enhance overall well-being.

Individualized Sessions for Optimal Results: At Curative New Berlin Therapies, every OT Aquatic Therapy session is meticulously customized to address the unique needs of our clients. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to actively participate in these sessions, gaining hands-on knowledge that facilitates consistent support both in the pool and on land. Currently, we are delighted to offer OT Aquatics sessions once a week through our collaborative efforts with the local YMCA.


OT Aquatics to Meet Sensory and Regulation Needs: The therapeutic potential of water is harnessed in OT Aquatics to meet sensory and regulation needs. The buoyancy of water provides the body with regulation, creating a calming effect due to reduced resistance. Hydrostatic pressure, a constant in water, offers compression that relaxes the body, promoting improved attention and focus. Additionally, the water's turbulence and viscosity provide resistance, aiding in body awareness, motor planning, and delivering crucial heavy work input for regulation.


At Curative New Berlin Therapies, we believe in the transformative power of holistic therapies. OT Aquatic Therapy stands as a testament to our commitment to providing innovative and individualized interventions for our clients. If you or your loved one could benefit from this unique approach, don't hesitate to reach out. Together, let's embark on a journey toward enhanced well-being and improved quality of life.

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