A professional opinion by
Dr Ricky Dippenaar
Hydrotherapy is increasingly gaining popularity for stoke and burns survivors worldwide. Applications in the field of Neonatology have yet to be defined and studied.
Hydrotherapy as an adjunct to conventional therapy holds great potential on the premise that it stimulates additional senses such as temperature, proprioception and touch in a developing brain (brain plasticity).
Based on a limited number of anecdotal cases, patients receiving hydrotherapy at the Sevenus institute have exceeded predicted function based on neuroimaging on discharge from the neonatal ICU.