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Aquatic Therapy continues to be a favorite activity of the students and our physical therapy staff. The aquatic session takes place at Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Washington Township. This facility provides a terrific therapeutic environment for our students for a little over an hour each week. Aquatic therapy aims to:

Improve physical function
Develop and maintain physical control
Enhance self-concept and confidence
Increase independence and quality of life
Although traditional physical therapy can be immensely effective in teaching children with cerebral palsy how to move, water has the added benefit of hydrating, oxygenating and revitalizing the body’s musculoskeletal system. Gravitation pull is released, and weightlessness qualities are achieved. Range of movement increases and repetition, stretching and balancing are more sustainable. The benefits of water therapy include:

Alleviates stress and tension
Provides resistance
Encourages a wider range of movement and opposition
Reduces pain and tension in muscles and joints
Protects against injury
Decreases post exercise discomfort
At HollyDELL, our physical therapists help our students develop proper motor abilities and assist families in ways to help their child in physical activities.

 

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