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Stroke Patient Increases Mobility with Aquatic Therapy

2013 July 12

Strokes affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. Their effects range from minor to severe, but the majority of stroke patients require some level of physical rehabilitation. Determining the most effective and painless form of rehabilitation can be a challenge for many patients and physical therapists.

Warm water therapy can be a viable and effective option, because it offers a safe and comfortable environment for the individual to relearn physical skills.

One recent example where this form of therapy took place was with a patient at Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center in Lexington, SC. She came to Vital Energy with severe osteoarthritis in both knees and paralysis on the right side of her body from a stroke. The individual was transferred to the HydroWorx pool via a wheelchair to the chairlift and then lowered into the warm water. When she first arrived at Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center, she was unable to stand, walk or perform daily functions on her own.

With the use of warm water therapy her pain has decreased while her strength and ability to assist with transfers has improved.

Her pain level has gone down significantly and day to day functions such as rolling over in bed and sitting up in a chair have gotten easier. The rehabilitation program has enabled her to increase some muscle strength and improve overall balance.

Below is the specific aquatic therapy session that took place at Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center. Although her movements seem small, her progress is big on land where she can now help with transfers and movements.

 

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