Okay moving on.
Therapy by definition is all about helping us get healthy
and sometimes, knowing what to expect in therapy
can make it easier to get started.
So today I'm checking out what aqua therapy is all about.
So today I am with Jess at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
Now Jess, I think we should start with
talking about who exactly aqua therapy is for.
- Aqua therapy is for all age ranges and all populations.
Chronic patients, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular
which could be our spinal cord injury,
traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.
- So I would imagine getting
in the water is actually allowing
these people to move a little bit easier?
So the water allows a really unique environment
using buoyancy and viscosity to allow both
off-weighting of our joints and a decrease in pain.
It's a really great way and an easy way to get moving.
- They may be a little concerned
about getting into the water, they may not know how to swim
and so they say I don't want to get into the pool.
What do you say to them?
- Our pool is four feet around.
Most people's heads will be well out of water
and so it really does allow a safe environment to exercise.
- Okay so we're gonna get in the pool.
- And you're gonna show me some exercises.
It's warm. - It's warm!
- Yes, it's really warm. - Oh this is my kind of pool.
- Yes and it makes you feel more relaxed.
- And decreases pain if you use pain management.
So for people who may be a little bit nervous
about getting in the pool or scared of falling,
we can give them a noodle to support them.
This is how we typically warm up
a lot of our aquatic sessions.
This will allow us an increase in balance,
stability, maybe also if there's a little bit
less functional strength
or if we're just off-weighting our joints,
opening up and increasing our range of motion
in what can be a pain-free environment for a lot of people.
Now we'll go over to our right and left.
- [Jane] Right and left.
- So we know that multi-directional walking also improves
balance whether it's in the aquatic environment on land.
We're gonna try to progress this and show how we can use
this as a resisted exercise as well.
So I'm gonna have you push the noodle down
and have a seat on it
and we're gonna do some aerobic exercise.
- Okay. - Okay.
So from here, I'm gonna have you just start bicycling.
Again we can always make this easier
or harder using our hands
or not using our hands.
- [Jane] We wrap things up with some arm exercises.
- Keep our arms out and then you're gonna push
all the way down to your thighs
and you can even tell you're using your cores.
- I was just about to say I can feel my core.
- And so once we come up, let's come to maybe another
one of our exercises out to the side
and we'll just push down and now you can tell
the balance is a little easier,
but we're still doing a good shoulder exercise.
- So Jess, I think the biggest takeaway that we can take
from aquatic therapy is that it's really an easy way
to get moving and get healthy.
- Yeah absolutely and it really captures
all of our different patients' ages and population.
It's something that everyone can really use.
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