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Aquatic Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Updated: Mar 30

The number of illnesses can be treated by physical therapy and exercise regimens, like aquatic therapy, which is quickly becoming prominent methods. In fact, aqua therapy can also be used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, which is one of the neurodegenerative disorders.

There are specific advantages of aquatic therapy for many of Parkinson’s patients. Parkinson’s disease patients can be introduced to aquatics at Hydroactive Rehabilitation Clinic.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the time, physicians use heavy medications in the treatment of the conditions which potentially yield unwanted side effects.

How can aquatic therapy be an effective method for Parkinson’s disease?

Aqua therapy is an alternative method of treatment. This can be implemented in order to get improved results in combination with drug treatments.

How aquatic therapy can help to cope with Parkinson’s Symptoms?

Variety of diseases, orthopedic and as well as chronic illnesses can be treated with implementing Aquatic Therapy sessions. The symptoms include many strength and balance-related conditions.

Although aqua therapy does not decrease all the risks of falls for Parkinson’s disease, it can be useful by reinforcing the core and enhancing muscle memory. Let us note that, the risk of fall is a major concern among individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Particularly, with the progression of the disease, Parkinson’s patients and their family members are getting more concerned about independence. Therefore, aquatic therapy treatment can help them to maintain their independence for a longer time, by especially helping them in the following:

  1. Recovering or maintaining strength

  2. Development of balance

  3. Posture and flexibility improvement

  4. Increased body control and physical activity

Aquatic therapy may benefit Parkinson’s patients to keep or regain their independence since the problems mentioned above can be minimized.

How safe aquatic therapy is for Parkinson’s?

In general, warm-water therapy provides a safe atmosphere for patients to exercise by lowering rigidity and enhancing body control. Unlike the cold water treatments, the benefits of warm-water therapy also include reduction of shivering and pain. This makes a better environment for Perkinson’s patients to exercise.

According to research, aquatic therapy resulted in significant improvements in the postural ability for Parkinson’s patients.

Also, during the studies that have conducted later on it has been discovered that individuals who participated in aquatic therapy have seen the following improvements in:

  1. Gait

  2. Stride length

  3. Hip angles

  4. Speed

Since aquatic therapy is considered a form of an active exercise, a number of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be delayed by implementing it.  In addition, it can also help to reduce the severity of the symptoms which Perkinson’s patients currently experience.

Therefore, individuals living with Parkinson’s disease can enhance the quality of their lives while enjoying longer health.

Aquatic therapy treatment  for Parkinson’s Disease Patience

At Hydroactive Rehabilitation Clinic, our experts implement a variety of products to bring the benefits of aquatic therapy. Our specialists can work with them in order to determine the patient’s needs and the appropriate solution for their concerns.  

It is important to keep in mind all of the above to encourage Parkinson’s patients to exercise for a better life and to reduce the severity of their symptoms.

There are many aqua therapy exercises that can be implemented in therapy sessions, which can patients perform without a fear of falling.

In addition, aging adults can also benefit from the socialization opportunities that group classes offer. This can help them, especially for people suffering mobility difficulties to have some interaction with others.

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