Aquatic Therapy

Ashleigh did a few months of aquatic therapy recently.  She really enjoys the water and would probably go every day if we could. Below are a couple of videos we shot:

We have been going to the Drake Center in Cincinnati and they really have a great set-up with their pool.  At one end of the pool the floor can be raised level with the surrounding floor so that patients can be wheeled out in a shower wheelchair and then the floor lowered to the desired depth.

The water is in the 96 degree range and the air temperature in the entire pool area and changing rooms is very warm as well.  Ashleigh was so relaxed after her swim as it really helped with her high tone.  We went to a local Y for a while and while the pool area was warm the dressings rooms were freezing.  It was so bad that our PT said it was not worth the increase in tone she was getting and we should stop.  At the Drake she stays nice and loose for hours.


  1. Joan Duffy on April 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I will e-mail you, have a son who was injured in a motorcross accident 2001 still dealing with his reovery although I think he has advanced extremely well wanted to let you know about a new therapy that gave him movement in his left fingers he had not had in 11 years….amazing I will e-mail you

  2. Ashley on August 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hi there I’m a 30 year old male from South Africa and had brain injury in 2007 I stil can’t use my left hand.Do you know of any treatment that could help me. Thank you.

    • Ernie & Ashleigh Szabo on September 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      This is the purview of an OT if you are not already seeing one. It will take lots of practice and repetition. Search for articles on constraint induced therapy. You might also look into Tens units or the BioNess. good luck

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