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Free Webinar: The Use of Hydrotherapy for Gait Re-Education

2014 November 11

Following an injury, surgery or accident, re-establishing proper gait is extremely important for a successful recovery.

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. 

HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool at St. George's Park

HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool at St. George’s Park

Hydrotherapy can reduce weight-bearing to 10%, allowing re-education of gait to begin very early in a patient’s recovery. Patients are often discharged from the hospital partially weight-bearing or even still completely non weight-bearing. Therefore, they often adapt altered movement patterns when mobilizing that can be difficult to correct once they are full weight-bearing. 

Additional features can provide advanced therapeutic options for instance, the underwater cameras in the HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool provide immediate feedback to the patient, allowing them to instantly alter their gait. 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. 

Learn more and register today>>

About the presenter:

Kerry Glendon graduated from Keele University in 2007 with a BSc Physiotherapy degree. She has since completed her Masters in Manual Therapy at the University of Nottingham and gained membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Charted Physiotherapists (MACP).  Kerry completed her Acupuncture foundation course in 2008 and has since used acupuncture in her practice. Kerry also works with the FA Ladies National Football squads during training, matches and international competitions across all age groups.

Kerry has a wealth of experience having worked for a rugby team and in a National Health Service setting for the past six years, gaining experience and expertise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She has a clinical interest in shoulder and spinal conditions which she has focused on during her Master’s dissertation.

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Why Water Worx for Wellness

2014 November 10

Wellness encompasses much more than just being active. According to The World Health Organization, “Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Wellness is all about making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. 

Wellness Group Class in the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool

Wellness Group Class in the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool


In order to work towards overall wellness, an active and healthy lifestyle is important. There are many types of exercise and activities in which to participate, but very few that encompass more than one dimension of wellness.

Water is an ideal exercise environment for older adults as it eliminates the fear of falling or injury. It is also fun, enjoyable and therapeutic. The healing powers of warm water can enhance multiple dimensions of well-being. Warm water exercise:

  • Unloads joints
  • Increases patients’ range of motion
  • Reduces the risk of falling or injury
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces muscle soreness and pain
  • Increases strength and balance
  • Is fun and enjoyable

Barb Cacia, BS Ed., Wellness Coordinator at Pieters Family Life Center, offers many successful wellness programs at her facility and shares some creative ways for structuring a class as well as engaging participants in this new white paper, “Why Water Worx for Wellness.”

“Wellness is so much more than moving your muscles, eating veggies and doing yoga! It’s the interconnection of body, mind and spirit! The warm pool temperature provides the participant with comfort, buoyancy and ease of movement, which in turn decreases the stress on the participant. So physically and emotionally, people are more open to wellness suggestions and lifestyle changes! After a few weeks of water exercise people leave the program with a positive outlook, increased abilities and feeling good about themselves and their bodies!” – Barb Cacia

Download our  free White Paper today to learn the ways how water can impact wellness including:

  • How the healing powers of warm water environments enhance multiple dimensions of well-being
  • Why warm water activity is ideal for aging adults
  • Creative ideas for implementing a wellness program in water

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Aquatic Therapy Center Opens at Cedar Village

2014 November 7

Their newly installed pool!

The following blog post has been summarized from the recent article, High-Tech aquatic therapy center opens in Mason, published on 

Cedar Village Retirement Village located in Mason, OH recently opened a high-tech aquatic rehabilitation center (The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Aquatic Therapy Center) to complete phase 2 of their rehab services expansion. The Aquatic Therapy Center includes two HydroWorx 1200 Series pools which will be used for rehabilitation for patients of all ages, along with a large recreational pool for group therapy, aerobics classes and lap swimming.

The HydroWorx 1200 Series pools offer movable floors that raise for easy entry, even for those with mobility problems or even in wheelchairs. The entire floor also doubles as an underwater treadmill for proper gait training and exercise. Underwater cameras allow physical therapists and patients to view their underwater movements and make immediate corrections when necessary.

On October 24, 2014, the complex was dedicated with donors, community leaders and staff present for the event. Tours were given so that everyone could see the amenities in action at the impressive facility. Debi Tyler, the rehabilitation director at Cedar Village stated:

We’re thrilled with the reaction we’ve received from people who have toured the Aquatic Therapy Center. Over the years, our patients have told us repeatedly that they love the care they receive from our expert, compassionate staff. This new facility will help us provide even better service to our patients and help them heal even more quickly.

Congratulations to Cedar Village on their new facility!

To learn more about why water worx for senior living services, download our tipsheet>>

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Published Case Study Demonstrates Benefits of Water Exercise

2014 November 6

Research and case studies are continuing to provide proof of the advantages of water therapy over strictly land-based therapy. One study in particular, published in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, “A Case Study: Mobility and Health Impact of an Aquatic Fitness Program for a Woman With Intellectual and Physical Disabilities,” provides a detailed look at how these advantages were beneficial in one particular case.  46

Authors- Lourdes Torres EscobarMary E. SandersDaryl Lawson and Charo Belenguer Benitez, created this case study to determine the impact of a 16-month water exercise program on the quality of life of a 27-year-old woman diagnosed with severe mental and physical disabilities. Andrea, the patient, performed numerous water exercises with a personal trainer under the supervision of a physician. The exercise and therapy sessions were performed in shallow water, 3 days per week for 30-40 minutes per session.Training objectives included cardiovascular and muscular endurance, flexibility and activities of daily living (ADL). The clinicians and researchers gathered pre and post information which included circumference measure, joint range of motion, body composition, resting heart rate and periodic video recording of mobility to measure the progress.

As a result of this program, many improvements were shown. Andrea could now extend her spine enough to lie on her back. According to the published research, “ADL mobility improvements included stair climb, sit to stand, walking speed and walking distance without aide. Additionally, her quality of socialization and emotional well-being improved. In conclusion, this aquatic therapy and exercise program, adapted to meet individual needs of a person with severe disabilities, was found to be effective in improving mobility, health and quality of life for one woman.”

One of the lead researchers of this study, Mary Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE, clinical exercise physiologist in the School of Medicine, University of Nevada, will be presenting the interactive session, “Splash! Functional HICT: Rehab to wellness,” in the pool for the Preconference workshop for the ICAA’s annual conference. HydroWorx, the sponsor of the session will be at the workshop as well as exhibiting in booth #528. 

The workshop will discuss how water exercises can be created as High-er Intensity Circuit Training (HICT), while addressing functional objectives important for land.

As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Perform and/or develop programs for healthy and fit individuals and for those with neuromuscular challenges.
  • Identify strategies to implement these types of programs in a continuing care retirement community setting.
  • Discover some new findings about effective protocols for wellness and functional ADL that can start with a pool program.

Be sure to stop by the HydroWorx booth if you are in Orlando for the ICAA Annual Conference. We are looking forward to meeting you there and sharing more about the power of water!


Learn more and to register to the ICAA Preconference Workshop today>>

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5 Ways Hydrotherapy Can Impact an Athlete’s Rehab

2014 November 5

KB4_3300webGetting an athlete back into the competition is extremely important at all levels, from professional to recreational. There are often financial, team and personal implications when recovering from an injury.

Warm water hydrotherapy combined with state-of-the-art technology can create some impressive advantages for rehabilitating athletes, getting them back faster and stronger.

Here are just 5 ways it can impact rehab. With hydrotherapy you can:

  1. Offer a solution for all levels of weight-bearing ability.
  2. Begin rehab sooner to reduce inflammation and accelerate the process.
  3. Reduce pain significantly.
  4. Increase lean muscle mass and overall leg strength with underwater treadmill exercise.
  5. Rejuvenate and recover with greater impact.

Download the “5 Ways Aquatic Therapy Impacts Rehabilitation” Tip Sheet to find out more about each of the ways that aquatic therapy can impact rehabilitation. Download this tip sheet today>>

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