The following blog post has been summarized from the recent article, Making It Work, Technology in Practice, published in Impact Magazine and written by Jan Black, PT, MS and Dale Hull, MD, MPA. Jan Black and Dr. Dale Hull co-founded Neuroworx in June 2004 and now serve as the clinic director and executive director.
Neuroworx is a unique facility in Utah with a mission to promote the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions and to create and support the finest comprehensive outpatient neurological rehabilitation facility. Dr. Dale Hull suffered a tragic spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the neck down. This incident caused him to devote three-and-a-half years toward his recovery with Jan Black, his physical therapist. During this time, the two developed the plan to open a facility that serves the needs of spinal cord injury patients. In 2004, they co-founded the non-profit practice, Neuroworx.
As a relatively small, non-profit, niche facility, one must wonder how they are able to offer this level of neurological rehabilitation and care. Both Jan Black and Dr. Hull say it is the effective combination of having passionate people and having the ‘right stuff.’
Having the right people in place can make a huge difference in the outcome of a patient’s rehabilitation. At Neuroworx, they strive to find ‘craftsmen’, those who are capable of being evidence-based as well as innovative. Since no two injuries are the same, clinicians are encouraged to create and construct unique programs, including any specific technology necessary, for each individual patient in order to generate the best outcome for them.
A world-class clinician combined with the proper tools and equipment is a powerful combination for rehabilitation success. At Neuroworx, they rely on many different tools and equipment, but four of their most used and effective forms of technology include:
- Aquatic Therapy Pool with an Underwater Treadmill. The HydroWorx therapy pool provides substantial therapy potential with an adjustable underwater treadmill, front and side camera-monitor system and adjustable resistance jets. All patients are able to benefit from the properties of warm water including buoyancy and resistance.
- Body Weight Support System. They have implemented a locomotor training system with computer-assisted feedback that can control vertical displacement and center of mass. This helps patients to achieve proper stepping and stride kinematics.
- Robotic Locomotion Therapy. At Neuroworx, they utilize a system that allows one physical therapist to administer intense functional locomotion therapy. The integrated visual feedback system with the locomotion therapy enhances patient motivation as well.
- Function Electrical Stimulation. They have a variety of electrical stimulants to create patterned movements in the legs, arms and trunk.
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of aquatic therapy for your patient? Download the “5 Ways Aquatic Therapy Impacts Rehabilitation” Tip Sheet today>>
Redefine What is Possible with Water Therapy & Wellness.
If you are attending the LeadingAge annual meeting and trade show at the end of the month, we want to invite you to join us in ‘Redefining Age’ in the HydroWorx booth. The theme for LeadingAge this year has been ‘Redefining Age’ and with water therapy and wellness, you can do just that.
LeadingAge is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. The mission of LeadingAge is to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Their membership includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners, and hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners. Their members touch 4 million lives every day.
Be sure to visit HydroWorx during the LeadingAge trade show in Booth #1436 to learn how water therapy and wellness can impact your senior living community with positive results.
HydroWorx will be ‘Redefining Age’ in booth #1436 with the following activities:
- Could you, let alone your residents, run a marathon? Even if you can’t run 26.2 or even 1 mile on land, nearly anyone can do it on a HydroWorx underwater treadmill! We’d like you to try for yourself in our Underwater Marathon event. For every mile you run or walk on the underwater treadmill, a donation of $50 will be made in your name to the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. Learn more and register for a time slot that’s convenient for you.
- Have You Ever Considered High Intensity Interval Training for Your Residents? Research Shows it Worx! Join us for an exclusive after exhibit hours event including drinks, appetizers and a discussion on “High Intensity Interval Training for Patients with Osteoarthritis,” with Dr. Dennis Dolny, PhD and Dr. Eadric Bressel, EdD. This event takes place on Tuesday, October 21 from 5:00-6:00pm in the HydroWorx booth (#1436). Space is limited! Learn more and RSVP today by emailing Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Take our Survey and Win. We’re asking all professional attendees to fill out our market survey to be entered to win a $50 American Express card. Five drawings will take place over the three conference days! T-shirts are also available (while supplies last).
To participate in our above activities or to enter to win $50 while you are attending LeadingAge, click here>>
Recovery is essential for all active individuals regardless of their level of activity. However, for competitive athletes specifically, recovery and reduced muscle soreness can be the difference in a win or a loss. For high-performing individuals, having an effective method for decreasing muscle soreness, decreasing time in between hard training sessions and decreasing recovery time frames is essential.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A & M University recently published the research study, Aquatic Treadmill Running Reduces Muscle Soreness Following Intense Sprint Exercise in Trained Men. The study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, was created to determine if short duration aquatic treadmill running reduces muscle soreness following intense sprint exercise in male athletes.
The study consisted of twenty trained men randomly divided in two groups; an aquatic underwater treadmill recovery group and a passive recovery group. After a 10 minute dynamic warm-up, the 20 participants performed sixteen 110 yard cutback runs with a sprint of 60 yards, change of direction and then a return sprint of 50 yards. After completing the 16 sprints, the aquatic treadmill recovery group performed underwater treadmill running on the HydroWorx underwater treadmill at 5mph for 10 minutes. The passive recovery group did not perform any type of recovery activity.
Following the recovery time period, each individual ranked their perceived soreness levels on a scale of 1-10. In each area evaluated, the individuals who performed the aquatic treadmill recovery following the sprint workout experienced significantly less pain and soreness. The athletes ranked their level of soreness in their legs, back, hips and abdomen. The overall soreness scores following sprint exercise were lower by a total of 1.9.
The conclusion from the study suggests that aquatic treadmill running significantly reduces perceived muscle soreness and may enhance recovery following intense sprint exercise in trained men.
The exciting news is that not only does underwater treadmill running reduce muscle soreness post-workout, it has been shown to make a difference in an individual’s performance.
HydroWorx is proud to announce the first-ever Excellence in Aquatics Award for a Healthcare setting. As you may recall, we held the inaugural Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) in 2013 and announced the winner at the annual National Athletic Trainers Association Symposium.
This award was created to recognize clinicians who achieve exceptional rehabilitation results through the use of advanced water therapy. To honor these clinicians, we could not think of a better place to announce the winner of the 2015 Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award than at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.
Who doesn’t love a truly inspiring story? It is our human nature to be drawn to stories of individuals overcoming the odds, breaking through barriers and truly redefining what is possible. We have all been impacted, in one way or another, after hearing these remarkable stories. Behind these truly amazing rehabilitation stories are the clinicians and medical staff who also sacrificed to ensure these individuals would reach their goals.
The 2015 Healthcare Excellence in Aquatics Award will recognize clinicians who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative and sometimes unconventional methods. Eligible pioneers rely on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results.
Clinicians can submit their exception case study until November 21, 2014 11:59pm EST.
Join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 1:00pm for the webinar “Aquatic Therapy for Lymphedema” presented by Holly Bough, CPTA, ATRIC, Head of the Aquatic Therapy Program for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, MO. Participants will learn how patients affected by Lymphedema can benefit from aquatic therapy. Lymphedema is swelling of tissue, normally of the arms and legs, which affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This webinar will explore what makes the water an ideal environment for the treatment of Lymphedema and how it can be used effectively to improve the lives of those living with this condition by reducing pain and improving strength, balance and energy levels.
Attendees will learn:
- The properties of water that are beneficial for Lymphedema patients
- The general and specific treatment goals for this patient population
- The special circumstances that affect this patient population in rural areas
- Specific exercises for both upper and lower extremities
The staff at Freeman Health Systems have seen many different cases in their pools with great success. Holly will provide comprehensive information on how they use their pool when treating lymphedema.