8 Ways Warm Water Benefits Those with Neurological Conditions
As a whole, warm water immersion offers several benefits for the body, especially the nervous system. HydroWorx aquatic wellness pools have been designed with versatility in order to treat a wide variety of specific health conditions, including spinal cord injury, stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Neurological Condition Patients
HydroWorx has seen aquatic therapy support patients with neurological conditions firsthand. Here are some of the top benefits of engaging in aquatic therapy for a neurological condition.
1. Promotes Functional Mobility
The warm water of a wellness pool — typically around 92 degrees — provides sensory stimulation to the entire body, offering pain management and easy mobility. For those relearning how to walk, underwater cameras make it easy to watch and adjust movements in real-time, which helps to speed up the learning process.
A patient with a neurological condition can also experience relief from muscle or joint pain with the underwater deep tissue massage hose. The deep penetrating massage is ideal for reducing discomfort, manipulating scar tissue and improving circulation.
2. Improves Balance and Proprioception
Water’s buoyant property also helps with balance, reducing the stress on feet and joints. As the water moves, patients are challenged to maintain their balance and get stronger.
3. Promotes Lumbar Stabilization
Chronic back pain can make it challenging to work out or strengthen back muscles. Aquatic therapy provides an opportunity to focus on strengthening the back with reduced pain and pressure.
4. Improves Gait Training
Gait training can further be enhanced with an underwater treadmill. Studies have shown underwater treadmill gait training as beneficial in chronic stroke patients as some are relearning how to walk, improving static and dynamic balance.
5. Helps Regain Trunk Balance, Range of Motion, Strength and Endurance
The water offers a valuable place to work on regaining motion during neurological rehabilitation. Additionally, the water eliminates up to 80% of a person’s body weight which can make skills easier to perform. By doing exercises underwater, one can work on training and strengthening muscles so the skills may eventually become possible on land.
6. Promotes Ambulation, Sitting and Standing Balance
Relying on their balance can be challenging for a patient with a neurological condition. They can move easier without assistance on land — from sitting to standing and walking — through regular aquatic therapy sessions.
7. Encourages Safety and Confidence
Therapy in a warm water environment eliminates any fears of falling or getting injured that patients may have when they are performing land therapy. In this environment, users can perform exercises in confidence, getting the most out of them.
8. It’s Fun!
Most of all, aquatic therapy can be fun! Motivation to exercise is easier when patients enjoy it — so encourage splashing around and taking the opportunity to feel light on their feet.
Recover Easier With a HydroWorx Pool
Watch and see from the following case studies on our video library, how warm water aquatic therapy has helped these patients.
L3 Vertebral Damage and Paralysis
Ken Evans awoke from a nine-hour spinal fusion surgery unable to move or feel his legs from the hips down. Through tireless effort, dedication and paralysis therapy in the pool, Ken has achieved levels of fitness and wellness that allow him to teach ski lessons again.
Severed Carotid Artery Resulting in a Stroke
Kansas Joint and Spine clinicians use neurological pool therapy to treat Charlene, an inspiring young woman who is recovering from a tragic car crash. In addition to a broken femur and other serious injuries, Charlene’s carotid artery was severed; she suffered a massive stroke.
Rick Ebner was a collegiate running back and wrestler. His life revolved around athletic activity until, at age 32, he was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. He utilizes the HydroWorx pool at ACCUA in Savage, MN. He has gained strength, confidence, balance, and capability through exercising and neurological aqua therapy aqua therapy rehabilitation on the treadmill in the pool.
Page Updated on: August 7th, 2020