Thanksgiving is a holiday known for its great feasts and family gatherings. Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for that are often are overlooked throughout the year.
At HydroWorx we are thankful for so many things, but to name just a few: our passionate team, our loyal customers, all of our readers and followers and of course, WATER! Without any of those things, we would not be where we are today! We are so grateful for the team we have at HydroWorx. A team filled with dedicated, passionate people committed to changing the world. We are forever thankful to all of our customers for your belief in HydroWorx, the power of water and for your dedication to changing the lives of your patients and athletes. Thank you to everyone who continues to “share”, “like” and “follow” all of our content about aquatic therapy. Without you, the knowledge of water would not be spread. And lastly, we are very grateful for water and all of its natural properties that help to heal, hydrate and energize.
Here are 5 reason why we are thankful for water:
- Water has the ability to heal. Exercising and rehabbing in an aquatic environment is soothing, relaxing and elicits healing.
- Water’s buoyancy creates a comforting environment in which to exercise and rehabilitate. Whether you are working hard or just relaxing in the water, you never have to carry the full weight of your body!
- Water has nearly no limitations. One can recover, relax and heal as well as have a challenging workout in the water, which demonstrates its remarkable versatility! Most people, at any place in their life, can jump in a pool of water and feel rejuvenated and energized.
- Water makes us feel youthful! Whether exercising, rehabbing or just relaxing in an aquatic environment, it is fun. There is less fear of falling or injury, which raises confidence and allows for a more enjoyable experience.
- Water keeps us hydrated, which keeps us moving and active. Water makes up about 60-70% of our body weight, which is why we need to drink 6-8 ounces of water a day.
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The concept of an underwater treadmill and video cameras is one that often intrigues people and sounds like a neat idea. It is difficult, though, to always grasp how powerful that combination can be and the impact it can have.
Miles Brothers is a 28 year old traumatic brain injury survivor and is experiencing, first-hand, the benefits of that combination. Brothers suffered a gun shot wound to the head 6 years ago which has left him with stroke-like symptoms. He lacks the ability to move his right arm and both legs. He eventually found his way from Missouri to The Wellness Center at Tri-City Medical Center in Carlsbad, CA. He had tried many different physical therapy programs, but nothing was as effective and beneficial as his current combination of aquatic therapy and neurological physical therapy.
Brothers and his aquatic physical therapist, Ann Kenney, have seen great value from using the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool. To start, the use of the water provides buoyancy, which removes the “heaviness” from limbs that struggle to move with gravity. It also provides a safe environment in which to try things that would not otherwise be attempted on land for fear of falling. Using the advanced features of the pool, patients are able to be wheeled directly onto the pool floor and lowered to the appropriate depth. As Brothers explains, in the water he is able to relax, and once he relaxes, he has more success focusing solely on moving his legs. The underwater treadmill allows him to have a more natural gait pattern (as opposed to a static pool) without having to adjust his arm placement. Just as important is the ability to see his movements underwater via the video system. With this, Kenney can give him specific cues to correct his gait and he is able to get visual feedback on the small movements he is making.
Kenney notes that although the improvement may seem small to some, he was able to create hip flexion after 5-6 sessions in the pool and has been able to make forward advancing movements because of the underwater treadmill and camera. Because he is able to work so hard in the pool and make visual connections between his thoughts and his movements, he is able to transfer that feeling to his work on land as well.
Watch the video below to learn more about Brothers’ story and his work in the pool:
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Numerous studies have shown the benefits of running underwater and using an underwater treadmill.
One study, in particular, done 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.
- There were 23 ‘recreationally competitive male and female runners’ used as the participants for the study. Each individual performed ‘two maximal-exertion runs’, one on the land treadmill and the other on a HydroWorx underwater treadmill.
- The researchers measured cardio respiratory rates, perceived exertion and blood lactate after each run (measured breathing, tiredness and oxygen/lactic acid levels in blood).
- The runs were separated by 48 hours to allow proper recovery.
The results of the test demonstrated similar outcomes for land treadmills and underwater treadmills. However, ‘heart rate decreased during underwater treadmill exercise.’ The researchers concluded that the underwater treadmill is a viable training alternative to maintain or improve fitness levels for injured and healthy athletes.
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As a clinician, it is critical to find equipment and technology that has the ability to serve a variety of patient types and even athletes. Aquatic therapy in the HydroWorx 1200 Series pool, that is being utilized at many facilities, clinics and communities around the globe, has the ability to positively impact almost any individual.
At one facility in particular, Penn State University’s brand new Pegula Ice Arena, the HydroWorx 1200 is used almost non-stop for rehabilitation, conditioning and recovery. Not only can the pool challenge elite athletes, but the same pool is also versatile enough to enhance therapy and wellness sessions for older adults at PruittHealth in Savannah, GA.
This 6′ by 9’6″ unit contains a fully adjustable pool floor, allowing patients and athletes to stand on or be wheeled onto the underwater treadmill while it is flush with the surrounding floor and be lowered into the water. The pool depth can reach 5’6″ within 30 seconds, so patients can unload 20% to 100% of their body weight just by raising and lowering the floor. With the use of the underwater resistance jet technology, athletes and patients are able to increase the level of their workouts or add a challenge to their rehabilitation program. Additionally, using the underwater cameras and viewing monitors, clinicians are able to correct any incorrect patterns in gait immediately.
The HydroWorx 1200 has been a great investment for Penn State. We are able to put our hockey players in there to continue working out when they are not able to be on the ice or in the weight room training with any lower or upper body injuries. It has been a great tool for us to get our athletes back to a high level of competition quickly. – Justin Rogers, MEd, ATC, Men’s Hockey Athletic Trainer at Penn State University
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The recovery process for a brain or spinal cord injury can be long, complex and extremely difficult. Thankfully, there is a great deal of clinical evidence that shows aquatic therapy is a suitable environment for improving recovery times and patient outcomes for many reasons. An aquatic environment works well for neuromusclar reeducation and strengthening because water’s buoyancy allows patients who have restricted mobility on land to move more freely in the water. The increase in movement against the natural resistance of the water can help improve muscular strength for patients who are suffering from weakness and paralysis.
Additionally, for neurological restoration, increasing core strength and balance is essential for improving daily functions. The viscosity and buoyancy of the water provide support in both the sitting and standing positions during these activities. Wave action can be utilized to further challenge and strengthen both the core and balance mechanisms. As a result of this constant practice and focus on balance, a patient’s fear of falling and injury both on land and in the water is decreased.
A number of clinical studies support the efficacy of aquatic therapy as part of a rehabilitation program following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury. Drs. Jung, Naraski and Vrongistinos of California State University concluded from their findings that “aquatic gait training can benefit individuals with TBI or similar neuromuscular disorders mostly due to its weight support effects from buoyancy.”
There are many benefits of and uses for neurological pool therapy. Here are four specific uses for aquatic therapy specifically for patients with spinal cord or brain injuries:
- Gait Training: Gait training on the underwater treadmill can help patients regain balance, movement and strength when working to reeducate muscles to stand and walk after a brain injury. Because of water’s buoyancy, clinicians are able to increase resistance and move the patient partially out of the water to gradually increase the intensity of the training.
- Activities of Daily Living: In addition to regaining a proper gait to improve activities of daily living, water therapy can be used to practice sit-to-stand, reach, balance exercises and much more.
- Pain Management: Warm water has the ability to increase circulation and range of motion which in turn reduces joint stiffness and pain while exercising in the water.
- Strengthening and Toning: As patients progress through their recovery, resistance can be increased through the use of the underwater resistance jets. This increases muscle strength and prepares patients for further land-based strength training.
Upcoming Free Webinar: The Use of Hydrotherapy for Gait Re-Education
Join us on November 18 from 11:00am to 12:00pm EST for the free webinar, “The Use of Hydrotherapy for Gait Re-Education.” Kerry Glendon, MSc BSc(Hons), mCSP, mMACP, mACPSEM, mAACP, Clinical Specialist, Perform at St. George’s Park, will cover how to identify dysfunction of walking and running gait on land as well as protocols for gait training in the pool. This presentation will detail exercises in the pool and the additional features of the product that may help to improve the altered movement patterns and outcomes gained using aquatics with patients at Perform, St. George’s Park.