Hydrotherapy(also known as Aquatherapy) is a physiotherapy form that involves the use of the heat and resistance of water and natural buoyancy to boost the psychological and physical development of babies. Modern-day parents are prioritizing a more scientific approach to parenting, and when it comes to curative therapies for infants, they are willingly saying yes to hydrotherapy. Parents frequently check on the internet for nearby Hydrotherapy clinics or centers for children since this is gaining popularity in UAE and other countries.
What Is Hydrotherapy For Children?
Hydrotherapy is more like a scientific process that significantly enhances the holistic development of infants. As you may know that for any newborn, the first six months are really crucial specifically for their psychological development. This is a stage where parents must dedicate their time, love and care, and energy to their children.
Amazingly, Your child does not need to learn to swim and they can still take part in this therapy session. Most Dubai-based hydrotherapy centers offer one on one sessions ensuring the complete safety of your child.
When Does Your Child Need Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy or Aquatherapy is widely used to treat almost all the chief areas of physiotherapy such as neurological, musculoskeletal, and respiratory conditions. Apart from that, there are some major pediatric conditions that can be treated with hydrotherapy. Check these major pediatric conditions-
For Toddlers- Fractures, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Down’s Syndrome, Head Injury, Developmental Delay, Post Surgery, Respiratory Conditions, Dyspraxia, Hydrocephalus, Rett Syndrome, Gait Problems, etc.
For Children- Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Fractures, Anterior Iliac Spine Avulsion, Flat Feet, Growing Pains, Muscular Dystrophy, Dyspraxia, Gait Problems, Heel Pain, Back Pain, Juvenile Arthritis, Kohler’s Disease, Perthes’ Disease, Post Surgery, Respiratory Conditions, Sever’s Disease, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, Head Injury, Hydrocephalus, Ischial Apophysis, Freiberg’s Disease, Avulsion, Knee Pain, Scoliosis, Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome, Physeal Lesions, Hyper Mobility Syndrome, etc.
What Are The Benefits Of Hydrotherapy For Children?
In a nutshell, hydrotherapy helps to boost psychological and physical development, strengthen bone and muscle, improve coordination, enhance motor skills as well as improve the digestion and appropriate absorption of nutrients among infants.
However, there are other benefits of hydrotherapy for children. Below are some of the chief advantages.
- Pain relief
- Quick Recovery
- Improve fitness
- A fun and engaging environment
Hydrotherapy For Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy or CP is a lifelong condition that occurs due to a problem with the brain either before, during, or after a baby is born. Children with Cerebral Palsy often show symptoms such as weak arms or legs, fidgeting, stiffness or floppiness, clumsy movements, and uncontrolled movement. Hydrotherapy can come in handy for treating these types of symptoms.
The warmth of water encourages relaxation leaving an effect on neuro-muscular junctions. This relaxation may result in decreased muscle tone and spasticity.
The buoyancy of water can be used to assist the movement in the stiff or painful joints of children.
Children who are bound to wheelchairs can enjoy this hydrotherapy session, even more. This free play and freedom of movement can improve the concentration and behavior of the children.
The Buoyancy removes the fear of potential injury, allowing children to try things they can do in the water. This resultantly improves the movement of children with CP.
Hydrotherapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Hydrotherapy sessions help children with ASD to form bonds with others. This boosts their learning skills in a relaxed environment.
Children with ASD have sensory processing disorders. Hydrotherapy can help them remain calm and soothe their mental state.
Moreover, this therapy can help reduce repetitive behavior(which is very common in children with ASD) and prevent specific issues, for example, dizziness.
With hydrotherapy, children with ASD can make their body movements flexible, fluid, and controlled. This resultantly improves awareness while improving their overall tolerance to touch.
Where To Find Help?
Hope AMC works with certified hydrotherapy professionals in Dubai to help children with special needs exercise in a self-regulated, protected, and temperature-controlled water pool setting. Our hydrotherapy sessions offer long-term advantages to children with CP, ASD, down syndrome, and other major pediatric conditions. Click here to get more information on our state-of-the-art physio hydrotherapy technique.
Call one of our hydrotherapy specialists today!