Services at Cardon Children's Medical Center  

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

To make a referral, call
(480) 412-5439 (KIDZ) and select Option 2,
or fax referrals to (480) 412-8264.


The Pediatric Rehabilitation Program at Cardon Children's Medical Center offers a full range of aquatic rehabilitation services.

The program includes one-on-one sessions and an individualized physical therapy plan of care to meet the needs of each child. Current research points to several benefits of aquatic therapy, including improvements in functional mobility, range of motion, strength, endurance and pain reduction.

Who benefits from Aquatic Therapy?

Infants, toddlers and school-aged children have shown dramatic improvements after participating in aquatic therapy intervention.

Our therapists use water and specifically designed activities to enhance or restore a child’s functional abilities. Conditions may be acute, chronic or transient. Once these skills are gained in water, they can translate to land-based therapeutic activities. Children of all ages can benefit from aquatic therapy. Pertinent diagnoses include:

  • Autism
  • Developmental delay
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Orthopedic conditions, ncluding limited weight
    bearing conditions
  • Post-surgical candidates

Benefits and results of Aquatic Therapy

  • Early range of motion
  • Perceptual and spatial
  • Low-impact environment
  • Diminished pain during rehabilitation
  • Relaxation
  • Decreased edema
  • Replicates biomechanics of land-based movements
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle tone
  • Healing of injured tissue
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced joint stiffness
  • Balance, coordination, agility
  • Lung capacity
  • Biomechanics and posture


Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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