Hydrotherapy benefits for parkinson patients.

Aquatic exercise provides benefits in the following areas:

  • Training for daily activities
  • Range of motion
  • Strengthening
  • Flexibility
  • Balance training
  • Coordination
  • Aerobic training
  • Postural training
  • Fun

Water exercise provides the patient multiple benefits, which land based exercise doesn’t deliver. These Advantages are:

  • Aquatic exercise provides movement freedom, thereby increasing strength and range of motion.
  • Warm water can alter muscle tone and reduce pain.
  • Increased tolerance for exercise because of the soothing effect provided by warm water.
  • Muscles relax, lengthen and the stiffness reduces because of the water.
  • The combination of the buoyancy or weightlessness and resistance in water improves muscular strenght and endurance.
  • Aquatic exercise generates body awareness and enhances the posture. Becuase of the dynamic water environment the body awareness heightens and enhances motor control during waling.
  • Slow moving water provides sensory feedback and a longer response time. This combination allows patients to practice their balance in a save environment.
  • Aquatic exerxise provides an improved bowel frequency.
  • Aquatic exercise decreases isolation and depression.
  • Aquatic exercise provides a feeling of well-being.

Methods which can be used

Sources

Parkinson’s disease aquatic exercises, by Ann E.P O’Nihill, Carla Cothran, Barbara Habermann (2001)
Aquatic Therapy Versus Conventional Land-Based Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease”An Open-Label Pilot Study, by Jamile Vivas, Pablo Arias, Javier Cudeiro (2011)

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