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CAN AQUATIC EXERCISE HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

CAN AQUATIC EXERCISE HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS cover

Living with a neurological condition presents many challenges. People living with
these conditions include those with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS),
and spinal cord injuries, among many others. These conditions, in turn, can lead to
symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiffness, decreased mobility, and impaired
balance and coordination, all of which can impact their ability to perform tasks of
daily living.

Aquatic therapy or Hydrotherapy presents an excellent avenue for helping support
people diagnosed with neurological conditions and who require intervention to
improve their functional ability.

Aquatic exercise offers several advantages over land training. Buoyancy reduces
the impact of training on your joints and muscles. This makes it ideal for people with
arthritis or spinal cord injuries. Buoyancy also supports the body, making movements
easier and less painful. The water setting also challenges proprioception and
enhances your sense of balance, crucial for preventing falls and improving
functional capacity. What’s more, water provides resistance in all directions, helping
you build muscle strength and endurance without the strain of land-based gym
training. Lastly, training in warm water can also ease the pain associated with
conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Research published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine stated that water-
based exercise can significantly improve mobility, balance, and the quality of life
of people with Parkinson’s disease. On the other hand, a systematic review
published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation shows that aquatic
therapy can be beneficial in enhancing the motor function and balance of
individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Parkinson's disease. Similarly, a systematic review published in the Archives of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation concluded that aquatic therapy is beneficial
for improving motor function, balance, and activities of daily living in individuals
with MS.

As studies suggest, aquatic-based exercise can help people diagnosed with
neurological conditions be more active.

If you’re interested in including
Hydrotherapy and water exercise in your health regimen, call our Team of Exercise
Physiologists (EPs) over at Healthstin in Melton via 1300 090 931 or click this link to
book an appointment. Our EPs are always ready to answer your queries and assist
in getting you started on aquatic therapy.

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