Hydrotherapy benefits for multiple Sclerosis patients.

Aquatic exercise provides benefits in the following areas:

  • Less energy required for movements.
  • Increased muscle strength.
  • Improved flexibility.
  • Improved mood.
  • Lessen fatigue.
  • Reducing isolation because of socialization.
  • Increasing joint flexibility and range of motion.
  • Preventing complication such as pressure sores, reduced muscle size and joint contracture.
  • Relaxing effect on the skeletal structure.
  • Increased circulation.

Overheating can worsen the symptoms of MS. Water temperature should be between 26-29 degrees Celsius (80-84 Fahrenheit), for active programs like the Halliwick concept. For passive programs like Watsu, AI chi and BRRM water should be around thermoneutral (33,3 Degrees Celsius).

Methods which can be used

Sources

Aquatic Therapy Temperatures, by Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute
Hydrotherapy: Water based benefits for multiple sclerosis. by Mary west and Nancy Hammond (may, 2021)
Hydrotherapy for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled trail, by Adelaide M Castro-sanchez, etc.(2011).
Aquatic exercise programming for people with multiple sclerosis, by Helen Tilden, Miranda Mirsec, Brian Hutchinson (2016)

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