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Aquatic (Pool) Therapy

About Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy, also called pool therapy, is therapy provided in a heated pool. The water provides support and helps your child gain strength and coordination in a calming and relaxing place. During aquatic therapy:

  • The water increases strength and the ability to move joints.
  • The water stimulates the body with gentle movement and pressure.
  • Muscles relax and are easier to stretch because the pool is heated.
  • Your child can learn or relearn a skill in the water and carry over what they learn out of the water.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Your therapist will help set goals to work on with your child. Some general goals may include:

  • Mobility (crawling, walking, reaching)
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Self care
  • Circulation
  • Confidence

What to Bring

If your child is staying at The HSC Pediatric Center, we will provide everything you need. If you are receiving outpatient services, your child should come to the appointment wearing his or her bathing suit. Also bring:

  • Change of clothes
  • Bath or beach towel
  • Items your child likes to use in the pool, like goggles or water shoes
  • Swim or waterproof diapers if your child has accidents, even if only sometimes
  • Special soaps or lotions your child uses
  • Bag for wet clothes

When NOT to Bring Your Child

Please do NOT bring your child to water therapy if he or she has:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or the flu
  • Open sores, cuts or a rash
  • Urinary tract infection

Location and Contact

We offer water therapy services at:
The HSC Pediatric Center
1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Get directions to The HSC Pediatric Center

To schedule an appointment, call 202-635-5580 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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