Thrissur: The National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR) has established an aquatic therapy unit to provide therapy for patients suffering from haemophilia, autism, and paralysis. The unit is established at the NIPMR campus in Kallettumkara here.
The NPMRI is working under the state social justice department. One of the best disability service centres in the nation, it is the first facility in Kerala to offer free therapy to such patients.
The aquatic therapy block built with a budget of Rs 2.75 crores includes a sterilised artificial pool and other modern facilities. The building is constructed in 2355 square feet with two floors. This is the only aquatic therapy unit owned by the state government.
Aquatic Therapy is a solution for the difficulties caused by therapies using lying and sitting on the bed. For aquatic therapy, a disabled-friendly pool, equipment and eight trained and experienced employees are arranged at the unit. This treatment can solve the blood clotting through standard therapy for Haemophilia patients.
In this setting, violent patients can be controlled. Cycle workouts inside the pool are made more accessible for patients who are struggling with knee pain. Additionally, it features steps and devices to help the patients to get into the pool, which has a consistent 34 degrees temperature.
NIPMR provides treatment to an average of 250 patients per day and includes special departments for treating cerebral palsy, autism and spinal cord injuries.
For differently-abled people, facilities like classes and artificial organ manufacturing unit are available. NIPMR also offers courses including a four-and-a-half-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Diploma in Special Education. A bus is also operated to ensure services to the differently-abled.