Throughout my life I had physical therapy which has made a huge difference in my abilities. When I’m not doing therapy my balance, posture, and overall control goes downhill. It effects how much assistance I need with my transfers. I love when my attendants say, “Wow, I hardly had to do anything to transfer you.” For the past two years, I haven’t any therapy and I could tell my coordination and balance wasn’t what it should be.
Through my Medicaid waiver program, I can receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, aqua therapy, etc. I have had physical therapist but unfortunately my physical therapist had to retired. I couldn’t find another physical therapist so I decided to try aqua therapy. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was in the pool and I loved the water. It took a while to get It going due to locating a facility with a pool that would allow an aqua therapist to work in. it was crazy because I was a member to the YMCA, but the one closest to our house wouldn’t let an aqua therapist their facility. We finally discovered another YMCA that would let aqua therapist practice there. Thank god!
Aqua therapy is amazing. I can do “normal” exercises that people do outside of the water. I jump, do all kinds of leg stretches and arm movements. It is incredible to feel my body do things I didn’t think it could do. The buoyancy of the water takes off the weight of your body which me as light as feather. Now I am not saying it is work, it takes a lot of coordination for my brain to tell my legs and arms to move at the same time, it is an intense work out. I can feel the burn for days after. I only have aqua therapy once a week, I wish it was twice!