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Customer Webcast: Aquatic Rehab for Progression of Shoulder Injuries

2014 August 21

We are proud to promote one of our customers, Veronica Paquette, who is partnering with PhysicalTherapy.com for an upcoming webcast presentation. The webcast will feature a live video feed of the HydroWorx pool at Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center in Essex, VT along with the PowerPoint presentation for viewers to easily follow along. PhysicalTherapy.com provides online professional development resources with accompanying CEUs in most states. If you are not currently a member of PhysicalTherapy.com, you can watch this first trial webcast free of charge. If you are already a member, the webcast is included in your membership.Shoulder-Rehab

“The Power of Water- Aquatic Rehab for Progression of Shoulder Injuries,” will be presented by Veronica Paquette, PT, Owner of Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center on August 28, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT.

This webcast will focus on the use of the aquatic medium for shoulder rehabilitation. The presentation will emphasize the progression of an aquatic program for clients with various shoulder diagnoses- impingement, tendinitis, post op RTC repair, and post-op replacement. It will also feature the uses of various equipment including underwater treadmill, aquatic gloves, buoyant equipment, mask and snorkel. Treatment ideas will be provided for the following positioning: 

  • Standing
  • Supine
  • Prone

Register for the presentation today>>

About the presenter:

Veronica Paquette is a physical therapist and owner of Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center in Essex Junction, VT. Veronica graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Physical Therapy and is certified in Aquatic Rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA Aquatics Section. She has been certified through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute since 1997 and through the Postural Restoration Institute since 2010. Practicing in the physical therapy profession since 1990, Veronica has developed a passion for treating patients in the aquatic medium. Opening the doors to her own private practice 12 years ago and adding private therapy pools has allowed her ability to continue to pursue her passion of treatment in the aquatic medium.

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First Water Session for Knee Replacement Patient

2014 August 19

cynthiastarRehabilitation after a knee replacement is difficult enough, but can be complicated by comorbidities such as degenerative back problems. For this patient that we filmed a few years ago, her first aquatic therapy session was extremely important for her success due to the surgery and degeneration in her lumbar spine.

Cynthia Carter-Koch underwent a knee replacement two-and-a-half weeks before this video was shot– the staples from her surgery were just recently removed. For her first time in the HydroWorx 500 Series pool at Star PT in Tiffin, OH, physical therapist, Terry Jolliff, took her through some initial protocols to increase her range of motion and regain mobility in her knee. Some of the protocols he used during her session included:

  • Walking warm-up
  • Small Squats
  • Toe Raises
  • Hip Flexion and Extension
  • Hip Abduction and Adduction
  • Hamstring Curl
  • Trunk twists
  • Lateral Step-Ups
  • Knee Flexion Stretches

Jolliff was able to assess the patient’s capabilities in the water and push her to do some things that she wouldn’t be able to do on land. Using the underwater video monitoring system, Carter-Koch was able to watch her gait and movements to maintain accuracy. During the hamstring curl, Jolliff noted that it was possible to measure the degree of flexion of the knee using the underwater cameras to monitor her progress.

Jolliff planned to use the underwater massage hose for her knee at her next session, but he was also able to offer her a back massage using the resistance jets, which she loved.

Watch her reactions to using aquatic therapy and view her first time in the pool:

Download the “Benefits of Aquatic Management for Treating Arthritis and Joint Replacement” Information Sheet

Many arthritis and joint replacement patients are prohibited from a land-based exercise program due to pain. Aquatic therapy offers this group relief and better outcomes through several of water’s intrinsic properties. Find out what makes water such a key component of rehabilitation programming for these patients. Download this tip sheet today>>

 

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HydroWorx Top 5 Most Popular Blog Articles

2014 August 18

We enjoy being able to provide blog posts to educate and entertain our readers. It is always enlightening to discover which blog posts seem to be the most popular because it helps us understand what people are interested in. Based on our viewing stats, we know that people love blogs about athletes, knees and inspiring stories.

Here are the top 5 most popular blog posts:

5.  “Brian Keefer of ‘Extreme Makeover’ Working Hard to Achieve a Goal” Brian Keefer became a quadriplegic in 2008 following performing a triple flip move at a local gym and his family ended up on the ABC TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The goal was to provide a new house to make sure Brian had the best chance at a normal life. Included in their new home was a HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool. This blog post showed the improvements and accomplishments Brian has made a year and a half after his new house was built!

4. “Underwater Treadmill Study Shows Benefits for Fitness” A study conducted by the Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from the University of Idaho investigated the cardio-respiratory responses elicited during maximal-effort runs using an underwater treadmill and a land treadmill. The researchers concluded that the underwater treadmill is a viable training alternative to maintain or improve fitness levels for injured and healthy athletes. Alberto Salazar, Coach of the Oregon Project, including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp shares,

We don’t consider it an alternative to running outside. We consider it as important as running outside. It helps us become stronger by running against the resistance of the water and it helps us recover from our dry land training.”

3. “Using the Power of Water for Knee Rehabilitation” Meghan, a patient at Essex Aquatic Rehab Center, tore her ACL, MCL, PCL and medial meniscus while playing soccer. Meghan began aquatic therapy in the HydroWorx pool and saw many improvements very quickly. This blog post includes the pool protocol for Meghan’s total knee rehabilitation. 

2. “Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation for Total Knee Replacement”  Coping with knee pain or knee injuries can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. Clinical studies have proven the benefits of exercise in a warm water environment when recovering from knee surgery. In this post, learn the benefits of aquatic therapy for knee replacements with a case study from Kansas Joint and Spine Institute of patient who got in the pool for therapy just 4 days post-surgery.

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1. “Galen Rupp’s Backyard Showpiece, a Two-Page Feature!” In the January 2013 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Galen Rupp’s HydroWorx pool was featured on a two page spread. The Olympic Silver Medalist’s pool, the grand showpiece in his backyard, seemed to be the topic of conversation and priority among his teammates. According to the article in ESPN, Rupp opens his pool for his teammates to come and train.

Tell us your favorite blog post in the comment section below!

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Back Pain No Longer Confines Patient to Wheelchair

2014 August 14

Vital EnergyDiagnosed with Scoliosis, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis and having no disc between two of her vertebra, Diane had become sedentary. Fear and pain began to accompany any activity she needed to perform. She was told that there was nothing more she could do and that she would have to accept continuing injections and life in a wheelchair. Not wanting to give up on her life and accept this diagnosis, Diane went to Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center and began therapy in their HydroWorx 500 Series pool.

Today, she is no longer afraid to perform everyday functions and doesn’t need the assistance of a wheelchair. She is now able to walk and perform everyday exercises. She no longer needs injections and has renounced her wheelchair vehemently, stating that it is no longer in her foreseeable future thanks to her water therapy. Water therapy has given her life back, and as she continues to strengthen her muscles she is continually able to increase her activity level and overall health.

“I tell everyone. It’s amazing. I never thought I could walk again. My dream was to always be able to walk my dogs, that’s all I ever wanted. Now maybe I can. I could not stand up straight to save my life. There was no way, the pain was extraordinarily bad just to try to stand. And look at me, I’m standing!”

Back pain comes in many different forms and can range from a nagging nuisance to a debilitating diagnosis. Although this patient was left feeling hopeless, she was able to regain her confidence and improve her outlook thanks to water therapy. The activity in the water was small at first, but she was able to gradually increase her range of exercises and intensity to the point where she could move again on land.

This is a great reminder that “where there is a will, there is a way!”

 

Download the “5 Ways Aquatic Therapy Impacts Rehabilitation” Tip Sheet

Find out more about each of the ways that aquatic therapy can impact rehabilitation. Download this tip sheet today>>





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Recovering from Back to School Training

2014 August 13

Plunge poolsAs athletes begin heading back to school, training and preseason practices are also starting up. It’s a good time to remember how important it is to recover from difficult workouts. In fact, daily recovery can positively impact performance and leave athletes feeling more rejuvenated and prepared to face the next day’s training.

While it’s tempting to leave practice and crash, the experts at Michael Johnson Performance may convince you otherwise. Lance Walker, Director of Performance, states:

“With contrasting, the CNS/ANS is recovering faster and more completely. The athletes are back the next session with higher functioning levels of neuromuscular firing and a reduction in ‘wasted’ training sessions due to staleness or effects of overtraining–which is usually a result of ‘under recovering.’”

Contrast therapy, as its name implies, includes moving from cold therapy to warm therapy in predetermined intervals to yield regeneration benefits. The contrast between heat and cold is believed to exert a physiological effect on the body’s pain gate mechanism. Using plunge pools it’s possible to easily move between the two temperatures for a simple 10 minute recovery session.

Including hydromassage during recovery can further strip lactic acid from overworked muscles and elongate the muscle fibers.

To learn more about the way Michael Johnson Performance uses contrast therapy using ThermalPlunge and PolarPlunge pools, watch the following video:

To learn more about contrast therapy using hot and cold plunge pools, download our tipsheet here>>






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