Have you ever heard the term ‘Hydrotherapy’ and wondered what it was all about? Then this blog is for you!
Living in Australia, water in all its forms; the ocean, the river, and the pool, are a huge part of life. The water has a variety of benefits derived from its specific properties including buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and thermodynamics, which combined have a variety of therapeutic benefits (Teske, 2018). Buoyancy helps with reducing the load of body weight and can assist with providing resistance during aquatic exercise (Teske, 2018). Hydrostatic pressure supports us by providing resistance to help increase muscle strength and aerobic capacity without overstressing the muscles and soft tissue (Teske, 2018). Finally, thermodynamics refers to the temperature of the water which benefits therapy through providing relaxation, decreased pain and reduction in muscle tone (Teske, 2018). All of which make water experiences so relaxing and enjoyable for its participants. It is important to note, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, due to individuals either reacting fearfully to a new situation, or having too little fear when entering a dangerous situation (Alaniz, 2017). Therefore, it is particularly important for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder to have increased time adjusting and learning about the water, which hydrotherapy can assist with.