8 Ways Warm Water Benefits Those with Neurological Conditions
HydroWorx aquatic therapy 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.
The warm water (typically around 92 degrees) of a therapy pool provides sensory stimulation to the entire body, providing pain management. 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.
Water’s buoyant property also helps with balance, lumbar stabilization, mobility and overall personal confidence. For those re-learning how to walk, underwater cameras make it easy to watch and adjust movements in real time, which helps to speed up the learning process. The water offers a valuable place to work on regaining motion. Therapy in a warm water environment eliminates any fears of falling or getting injured that patients may have when they are performing land therapy. 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 that eventually the skills may become possible on land. Gait training can further be enhanced with an underwater treadmill.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Neurological Patients:
- Promotes functional mobility
- Improves balance and proprioception
- Promotes lumbar stabilization
- Improves gait training
- Helps to regain trunk balance, range of motion, strength and endurance
- Promotes ambulation, sitting and standing balance
- Encourages safety and confidence
- And it’s fun!
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.