Traumatic brain injuries, TBIs, are becoming something the American healthcare system is becoming more and more aware of. Recovering from a brain or spinal cord injury may be a long as well as difficult process, and aquatics therapy has been proven to provide a unique medium for neuromuscular reeducation as well as strengthening. HydroWorx’s warm water provides sensory stimulation of the patient’s entire body helping reduce pain associated with neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Balance, lumbar stabilization, mobility and personal confidence are all boosted with the buoyancy of the water. Patients with neurological injuries or disorders also may need to relearn to walk, and the underwater cameras allow the patient and physical therapist to watch as well as adjust movements in real time. This entire process speeds up the patient’s learning process.
By localizing the areas of pain, the hydro massage system reduces the patient’s overall discomfort with focused, deep and penetrating bodywork. Utilizing the massage hose, we can adjust the position and strength of the massage for the patient’s optimal level of comfort. With the aquatic therapy the patient accomplishes 60% weightlessness, allowing for the physical therapist to reeducate the patient’s body motor skills. The underwater treadmill facilitates patient’s gait training at any water level with speeds ranging from 0 to 8.5 miles per hour (mph) in 0.2 mph increments. Moreover, with all our experience here at Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. we have compiled this list of some major benefits of aquatics therapy for patients with neurological injuries or disorders:
- Promotes functional mobility – full body range of motion,
- Improves patient’s balance and proprioception,
- Promotes lumbar stabilization – back,
- Improves gait training – walking,
- Helps regain trunk balance, range of motion, strength and endurance,
- Promotes ambulation – sitting and standing balance,
- Encourages safety and confidence – many patients need this to their full neurological potential.
Nonetheless, these are just a few of the many benefits of this aquatics therapy and we know that each patient is an individual with their own needs and their own overall welfares.
As a full-service physical therapy physicality with aquatics and more, Classic Rehabilitation may provide you with the answers to all your aquatics therapy related questions to neurological injuries. Contact us today with your inquiries or come visit us at our conveniently located locations in Arlington, Bedford and Grand Prairie.