SWIMMING INCREASES CHILDREN'S MOBILITY
Children with cerebral palsy improving their strength, mobility and wellbeing with swimming
Swimming is a wonderful therapy for children and their families and we are providing weekly swimming lessons to children under five with cerebral palsy and similar motor delays, children like Annabella.
Annabella’s mum shared how weekly swimming lessons have greatly benefited Annabella: “Annabella loves her swimming lessons and her confidence in the water is growing with each session. We have managed to encourage Annabella to hold onto the bar at the side of the pool with both hands, a great achievement for Annabella.”
The warm hydrotherapy pool has a massage effect on muscles, joints and ligaments that are often over-used and in pain, whilst the water’s buoyancy makes exercises easy to perform effectively and safely. Children are able to develop physical control and mobility, and increase their confidence and self-esteem, all of which improves their quality of life.
The sessions are also a great opportunity for the whole family to get involved and support swimming learning lessons, improving both the family’s overall wellbeing and parents’ confidence taking their children to the local pool.
In August 2017 we awarded a grant to the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to provide children under five with cerebral palsy and similar motor delays with weekly swimming lessons to improve their physical function and build up muscle groups.