With the correct supervision, swimming is practically a low-risk form of hydrotherapy for people with special needs and disabilities.
Benefits for those with special needs or disability:
Swimming can increase a person’s independence, which in turn can increase their self-confidence and lead to a better quality of life.
The water’s buoyancy relieves the stress that gravity normally places on muscles, thereby providing a greater range of motion and coordination plus the increased resistance in the water helps build muscle tone.
The sensation of the water on the body is also good for neurological development.