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6 Benefits of Underwater Running (Infographic)

2014 July 24
by hydroworx

The summer is a time for getting outdoors and being more active. Triathlons, marathons and road races have become very popular ways for staying active in the summer. Many people sign up throughout the year as something to look forward to when summer rolls around. However, with an increased amount of land training and running, injuries and joint pain is inevitable. It is important to look for different techniques to use throughout your training program to help with recovery and regeneration as well as augment some of the land miles.

Alberto Salazar, Coach of the Oregon Project’s elite runners, such as Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, relies on underwater treadmill running to give his elite runners a training edge. Salazar explains: “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.”

Salazar and the runners at the Oregon Project rely on HydroWorx underwater treadmill running to:

  • Supplement outside land training with 30-40 minute water runs 4-5 times/week
  • If injured, safely continue training to prevent de-conditioning
  • Increase weekly mileage for important competitions without increasing the risk of injury
  • Create a constant state of active recovery using water’s unique healing properties during runs

Learn how everyone can benefit from the use of underwater treadmill running from the “6 Benefits of Underwater Running Infographic.”

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The Impossible Can Become Possible for TBI and SCI Patients

2014 July 23

keith ori pictureThere is no “recipe” for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Each case has it’s own history, specific diagnosis and limitations. Thankfully, we live in an era where technology is ever-evolving and creating opportunities for these patients beyond what they may have dreamed. Combining technological advancements with the extreme skill and care of clinicians, people are doing things that doctors had told them were impossible.

Using the right mix of technology and catering it specifically to each patient’s needs makes rehabilitation from a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury productive and impactful. There are so many land-based technologies that continue to improve and offer amazing results. Surprisingly to some, technological advancements in aquatic therapy also provide valuable tools for clinicians. Specialized aquatic therapy can offer the following advantages:

  1. The anti-gravity property (buoyancy) of the water makes movements easier than on land. Small neuromuscular responses can be more easily detected and recognized in this environment.
  2. Warm water helps to reduce spasticity which can increase a patient’s comfort and in turn, their ability to move.
  3. The fear of falling is reduced, especially for those that are apprehensive about trying new things on land. The water breaks falls and the result of a fall is often just a wet head.
  4. The volatile nature of water creates the perfect space for improving balance and core strength. Using resistance jets, water flow can be increased to continually challenge an individual’s balance and responses.
  5. Through the use of technology such as an underwater treadmill and video monitoring system, clinicians and patients are able to work on gait training. The ability to watch one’s gait and make adjustments in real time is essential to regaining the ability to walk.

To learn more about the use of aquatic therapy for neurological rehabilitation, please visit our website:

 

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Meet with HydroWorx at Rehab Summit

2014 July 21

Cross Country Education is proud to present the 8th Annual Rehab Summit this week in Nashville,TN, and HydroWorx is excited to be an exhibitor again this year. Cross Country Education is “Leading the Way in Continuing Education And Professional Development” for healthcare professionals. For rehabilitation therapy, they have conducted over 12,000 one-day seminars with over 400,000 attendees! Rehab Summit is a three-day conference and expo that brings together highly qualified rehabilitation professionals from multiple disciplines, creating a great educational and networking experience for all in attendance. The majority of the attendees are physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, followed by occupational therapists and athletic trainers. We hope you will stop by the HydroWorx booth #307 while you are in town!_PBP0602r

Finding ways to set your clinic apart from competitors is a key to your facility’s success. Offering aquatic therapy to your patients could be a distinct advantage to set you apart. Not only has it been proven to enhance rehab outcomes, but it can also be a very profitable addition to your clinic’s toolkit. Stop by booth #307 to learn more!

Are you interested in learning more about the power of aquatic therapy?

In addition to HydroWorx exhibiting at the expo, one of our many loyal and talented customers will be presenting an educational session. Join Veronica Paquette, PT and Owner of Essex Aquatic and Rehab Center in Essex Junction, VT for the informative session titled, “The Power of Water- Aquatic Shoulder Rehabilitation.” Paquette’s presentation will be held Friday July 25, 2014 from 11:45am to 1:30pm in the exhibit hall during lunch. Her educational session will review the physical properties of water and how they impact a patient’s aquatic session. The majority of the session will be spent offering a variety of aquatic exercises specific to the shoulder/ upper extremities. These exercises will progress from standing, supine, and prone activities with instruction on progression of activities utilizing a variety of aquatic equipment. A treatment flow sheet will also be provided for participants to use with their clients.  Learn more about this presentation>>

We hope to see you in the music capital of the world this week!

 

Upcoming Free Webinar: How to Make Aquatic Therapy Profitable

On August 12, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT, Veronica Paquette, PT, Owner of Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center, will be presenting the free webinar, “How to Make Aquatic Therapy Profitable.. This webinar will help you compare possible monthly expenses and potential generated income. With the ever changing reimbursement rates, there will be ideas to help generate additional revenue to your business outside of physical therapy income. It will also review maintenance requirements for a small therapy pool.

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HydroWorx Track Club Does it Again

2014 July 18
Crossing the finish line first. (From PennLive)

Crossing the finish line first. (From PennLive)

Members of the HydroWorx track club were busy in action this week racing in the annual Millers Mutual Harrisburg Mile.

History of the Harrisburg Mile: 

The Harrisburg Mile was founded in July of 1982 by the Harrisburg office of Smith Barney. The leadership baton for the Harrisburg Mile has been passed to Millers Mutual, a long-time supporter of the area’s well-known event. Millers Mutual now serves as the title sponsor for the race that benefits the local YMCA. Over its three decade history, the Millers Mutual Harrisburg Mile has developed into the area’s largest race event. With 13 different mile heats including a Half Pint Half Mile, Elite Mile, Masters Elite, Corporate Challenge and Just for Fun Mile/Walk, the event is a challenge for all ages and abilities.

Karen Mashinski, Vice President, CFO of Millers Mutual, says, “The East Shore YMCA provides so many benefits for so many people, young and old, fortunate and less fortunate, both within the YMCA walls and throughout the community at large. Millers Mutual is not only a neighbor to the YMCA, but a staunch advocate of everything the YMCA represents.  Because of this, we are honored to show our support as a long term partner of the Millers Mutual Harrisburg Mile.”

With their help, the event has raised over to $480,000 over the years to benefit youth programs at the YMCA.

The members of the HydroWorx Track Club that participated in Wednesday’s race were Nick Berra, Mary Dell, Kevin Fuller, Mark Fuller and Emily Dubs. 

And the results are:

  • Mary Dell finished as the first female in her age group and ninth in overall Elite Mile with a time of 5:00.26.
  • Emily Dubbs finished third in her age group and 12th in overall Elite Mile with a time of 5:25.14.
  • Nick Berra finished first in his age group and fifth in the overall Elite Mile with a time of 4:30.16.
  • Mark Fuller third in the overall Elite Mile with a time of 4:28.16.
  • Kevin Fuller sixth in overall Elite Mile with a time of 4:36.67

Congratulation on your recent success and we look forward to many more successful races!

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Consider Water Therapy for Tactile Defensiveness

2014 July 18

helenvideoWater therapy may not be a “go to” therapy for tactile defensiveness, but a case study from our archives shows how it can have a significant impact on a child’s progress. Tactile defensiveness is a sensory processing disorder in which the body perceives input differently and can make even the gentlest loving touch a traumatic experience.

In this case study, Helen, who has Down Syndrome, is extremely sensitive to touch, particularly on her hands, feet and orally. Touch in those areas would cause her pain and quickly distract her from an activity. After she had completed physical therapy, her land physical therapists suggested she try aquatic therapy to continue making improvements. Her aquatic therapist, Julie Mortenson, worked one-on-one with Helen to improve her ability to follow instructions and reduce the impact of the tactile defensiveness on her activities of daily living.

Using a HydroWorx 2000 Series pool at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, Mortenson can put the water depth to even just a few inches to create a safe yet challenging environment for Helen to practice receiving sensory input while also doing other things. We typically think of using the underwater treadmill as a gait training modality, but in this case Mortenson set a goal of using the treadmill as a way to practice following complex directions with sensory input in a safe and balanced way.

This unique use of aquatic therapy and the HydroWorx pool is a great reminder of how a little creativity and a lot of hard work can have surprising and impressive results!

Watch Helen’s story here:

 

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