Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital recently unveiled its first aquatic therapy pool. The first patient therapy session is scheduled for May 22. CONTRIBUTED

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta opens first aquatic therapy pool

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently unveiled a new aquatic therapy pool at Scottish Rite hospital and will host the first patient therapy session next week, according to a press release.

The pool provides aquatic therapy for various rehabilitation programs at Children’s, including inpatient, outpatient and sports medicine rehabilitation. Evidence has shown this type of therapy can improve function, endurance, strength, balance, mechanical stability, flexibility and gait as well as provide pain relief for patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.

“Our team has wanted to provide aquatic rehabilitation to patients at Children’s for a long time because

of the great benefits it has been proven to provide,” said Susannah Kidwell, director of rehabilitation

services at Children’s. “This therapy pool will help us accomplish that goal and enable us to care for an

even wider scope of patients who are fighting various diagnoses and obstacles.”

The aquatic therapy pool can accommodate up to two patients at a time, with a minimum of one therapist per patient to provide skilled care for varying patient needs. Features include adjustable depth, rotating floor with variable speed for treadmill capability, underwater cameras and external screens for monitoring and biofeedback.

This new patient care service is made possible by funding from Children’s Miracle Network partners.

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