Underwater treadmill

In-Depth information

EWAC Medical does not only supply underwater treadmills, but also contributes actively in acquiring and dispersing knowledge about hydrotherapy. We are also actively involved in developing new underwater exercise equipment for rehabilitation purposes. On this page you will find more in-depth information about all the aspects that come into play when applying an underwater treadmill.

Brochures

Articles 

Leaflet integrated underwater treadmill   Pohl (2003) The physiological responses to running and walking in water at different dephts
Leaflet drop-in underwater treadmill   Brugghemans (2011) Parkinson gait, balance, endurance (dutch)
      Analysis of gait in water (Lambeck 2009)
      Aquatic treadmill training for stroke patients (Hulselmans 2011)
      Squires Blackwell (2012) Aquatic treadmill running
      Hulselmans (2013) aquatic treadmill (ECEBAT)
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The proven value of exercising on an underwater treadmill

Exercising on an EWAC Medical underwater treadmill offers a great number of advantages.

Advantage

 

Result

- Actuated with safe low voltage power drive   - Optimal security of patients is guaranteed
- Infinitely adjustable speeds from 0,1 up to 11 km/h   - Precise control of exercise intensity
- Slow up and down tuning during start and stop   - Pleasurable walking experience
- Patient training program can be stored   - Follow progress of the rehabilitation process
- Can be mounted into an existing pool   - Added functionality of existing situations
- Can be mounted in a modular pool   - Added functionality of existing and new situations
- Can be integrated in an adjustable floor   - Adjust for optimal weight loading of the patient
- Can be retrofitted in existing adjustable floors   - Increase the possibilities of a current installation
- Flush with deck of adjustable floor   - More functionality within the same available space
- Active interaction in the water between patient and therapist   - Therapist can actively manipulate the patient during exercises
     

Overview of our options (see our product configurator)

Underwater camera   Underwater camera   This special underwater camera enables the therapist to track the movements of the patients, and if necessary record the movements for further analysis. By comparing images from multiple sessions one can get a clear picture of the progress made by the patient.
Counter current unit or Jetstream   Counter current unit or Jetstream   Countercurrent unit or jetstream. A jetstream offers exercise resistance to the patient moving against the flow. A wall nozzle produces a strong water jet which is aimed at the patient, and depending of the required exercise load, can be softened with air.
Underwater lighting    Underwater lighting   Underwater lighting is highly recommended to improve the sight through, for example, an underwater window. The lighting can be either delivered in monochrome or in colours.
Observation windows (Pok Oi)   Observation windows   Observation windows can be placed in regular pools as well as modular pools. Observation windows enable the therapist to supervise the executions of the patient optimally.

Two types of underwater treadmills

EWAC Medical supplies two different underwater treadmills:

Integrated underwater treadmill in an adjustable pool floor
The integrated underwater treadmill is completely flush with the adjustable pool floor. Weight bearing of the patient can be adjusted by lowering the adjustable floor. From young children to adults, in any stage of rehabilitation, the combination of an underwater treadmill with an adjustable floor offers an excellent exercise environment.
When the treadmill is not used, removing the parallel bars frees the entire area of the exercise pool for other underwater exercises.

The underwater treadmill can be fitted in any new adjustable pool floor, but can also be excellently retro-fitted in existing EWAC Medical adjustable floors.

Drop-in underwater treadmill
For existing pools with a fixed depth the drop-in underwater treadmill is an excellent piece of exercise equipment. The freestanding underwater treadmill can be placed in any position on the bottom of the swimming pool. The drop-in underwater treadmill turns the pool into a multi role, low impact exercise environment. The underwater treadmill can be completely removed out of the pool, to clear the available space for other underwater exercises.

It can be used in virtually any existing pool situation and works plug and play.

Both underwater treadmills meet the demands set in the ISO-norm 13485.

Technical specifications

Drop-in underwater treadmill     Intergrated underwater treadmill  
           
Dimensions - Total    L 1540 x B 1040 x H 1740 mm (including handrails) Dimensions - Total   L 1750 x B 1200 mm
Dimensions - Training area   L 1150 x B 550 mm Dimensions - Training area   L 1400 x B 850 mm
Speed capabilties   0,1 – 11.0 km/h  Speed capabilties   0,1 – 11.0 km/h 
Power supply   

16 Amp 220/240 V single phase 50/60Hz

Power supply  

16 Amp 220/240 V single phase 50/60Hz

Maximum load   500 kg  Maximum load   500 kg
           


Science

A lot of research has been conducted regarding the use of an underwater treadmill for treating different target groups. A full overview of these researches can be found on our article page. Underneath you can find some of the published articles:

   

Proven effects on particular target groups

Articles   (Sport)
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Sport 

  Obesity   Post CVA   Elderly   Back
trauma
  Arthritis
Whitley JD, Schone LL. Comparison of heart rate responses, water walking versus treadmill walking. Physical Therapy 1987  

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 Yes

       
                             
Silvers WM, Doly DG, Reliability of Peak Cardiorespiratory Responses During Aquatic Treadmill Exercise. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 2008;2  

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes 

 

Yes

     

Yes

                             
Schaal CM, Collins L, Ashley C. Cardiorespiratory Responses to Underwater Treadmill Running
Versus Land-Based Treadmill Running. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 2012.
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Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Yes 

                             
Becker BE. Aquatic Therapy: Scientific foundations and Clinical Rehabilitations. Americam Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2009;1   

Yes

 

Yes 

 

Yes

 

Yes 

 

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Yes

                             

 

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