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NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute proudly inaugurated the first Aquatic therapy department in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in November 2015. The department was inaugurated by senior physiotherapists Dr. Ali Irani (Former Physiotherapist of the Indian Cricket Team, and current Head of Department in Nanavati Hospital) and Dr. Telang ( Head of Department in Sushrusha Hospital).
The department is headed by Dr. Amruta Paranjape (PT) who has completed her master's degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and has been certified in Aquatic therapy concepts like water specific therapy (WST ®), Bad Ragaz Ring Methord (BRRM ®) and Clinical Ai Chi from Switzerland in the year 2013. In 2016 she also completed her Watsu ® level II certification as well as mastery and is now certified to provide Watsu as part of Aquatic therapy. She is also part of the organizing committee and is the co-organizing chair for the upcoming International conference on evidence based aquatic therapy to be held in India in November 2017.
The aquatic therapy department since it's inauguration has grown significantly to treat more than 125 inpatients and more than 50 outpatients. The department provides services for patients with various neurological disorders like stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease, motor neuron disease, cerebellar ataxia and Orthopedic disorders like low back pain, neck pain and arthritis.
Sensory integration : Ayres (1972) defines sensory integration as "the neurological process that organizes sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment".
It is the process that builds the relationship between the brain and behavior and the basis to understand the reaction a child shows to certain senses,or a sensory seeking behaviour and how it affects the overall functioning of the child in the environment.
Sensory integration involves techniques that uses various sensory stimulus like vestibular,proprioceptive,tactile, auditory, visual, olfactory to get efficient processing of sensory information and organize the childs behaviour.
It aids to modulate, discriminate, coordinate or organize sensation adaptively.
It helps the child to obtain accurate information from the body and the environment in order to physically and mentally interact with people and objects.
It stimulates learning cognitive and perceptual skills.
Works on getting good eyecontact, response to name, attention, concentration, problem solving and judgement skills of the child with sensory issues.
Improves childs motor planning skills needed for day to day activities or challenges in unfamiliar situation.
It improves execution of functional activities and social skills.