Aquatic Therapy

about us hands on physical therapy in our salt water pool

Aquatic therapy provides a unique experience for children to address their therapeutic goals in a motivating aquatic environment. The gravity-reduced environment of the water allows children to work on motor skills which may be difficult to address on land. The aquatic environment provides tactile, deep pressure and proprioceptive input that allows for increased body awareness and enhances motor learning. Our therapeutically designed heated salt-water pool assists in relaxing muscles and decreasing abnormal tone in children with motor impairments to promote functional mobility. The resistance of the water also provides a safe surrounding for strength and balance training. Our aquatic therapists are trained to provide effective aquatic intervention for children with abnormal muscle tone, limited mobility, decreased strength/endurance, balance and coordination difficulties, which includes, but not limited to, low muscle tone or Cerebral Palsy. Aqua therapy in the pool also provides 360 degrees of organizing sensory input.

our heated  poolAquatic Therapy is recommended to children with:

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / Spina Bifida
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Sensory Processing Delays
  • Low Muscle Tone
  • Neurodevelopmental Delays
  • Muscular Dystrophy


The Pool at Bergen Pediatric Therapy

All Aquatic Therapy sessions are perfomed in our heated salt-water pool which allows for relaxation of the muscles and a decrease of abnormal tone in those with motor impairments. The conditions in our heated salt-water poolmake a great environment to increase muscle strength, coordination, body awareness, and other motor skills that can be difficult to address on land. 

All activities in the aquatic therapy pool are instructed by either a licensed physical therapist or a licensed occupational therapist. All therapists are properly trained to provide safety and knowledge of any activity in the pool. Therapy sessions occur at a 1:1 ratio or, as needed, a two therapist to one child ratio. This allows for all activities to be individualized and focused on the needs of the child. Learn more about our heated salt-water pool.

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Bergen Pediatric Therapy Center
354 Old Hook Road Suite LL-1
Westwood, NJ

(201) 722-4700

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