Aquatic Therapy Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Disease Patients; Free Webinar on Subject Offered by HydroWorx and ICAA

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The loss of physical abilities typically associated with Parkinson’s disease may not be inevitable. Researchers and physical therapists have begun to study the correlation between aquatic therapy and Parkinson’s, and the outcomes have been nothing short of remarkable.

I was able (for at least the time I was in the pool) to feel good, feel relaxed and move.

Parkinson’s disease. It’s a diagnosis that elicits visions of limited mobility, balance problems and, in some cases, early mortality. However, those with this condition are finding new therapeutic activities to help stave off Parkinson’s disabling effects. One such beneficial treatment technique is regular aquatic therapy implemented in a therapy pool with an embedded underwater treadmill.

Aquatic therapy has been proven to offer incredible strength, lean muscle, balance and flexibility gains in all populations, including those with paralysis or limited movements. As a method of helping Parkinson’s disease sufferers remain as independent as possible, aquatic therapy performed in a specialized HydroWorx pool with integrated underwater treadmill has helped individuals like Lila D. Lecy make tremendous strides… literally.

As Lecy explains, her atypical Parkinson’s (brought on by a trauma rather than congenital means) had caused her to lose mobility and function. Unwilling to give in to the idea of a future where she was confined to a wheelchair, she turned to aquatic therapy in a HydroWorx pool to help her body recoup much of the movement it had lost. Through rigorous, creative aquatic exercises guided by a knowledgeable physical therapist, she slowly began to regain good posture, balance and strength. Today, Lecy can confidently walk on land (even in high heels!) without issue, and she credits her good health to her consistently-performed aquatic therapy exercises.

To provide physical and occupational therapists, personal trainers, and group fitness instructors with more information on how aquatic therapy is revolutionizing the treatment of Parkinson’s, HydroWorx and the International Council of Active Aging are offering a free webinar on March 21, 2013, from 2-3PM EST entitled Bigger is Better: Aquatic Exercise Benefits People with Parkinson’s Disease, the webinar addresses the science behind this form of complementary therapy for those with Parkinson’s.

During the webinar, presenters and aquatic therapy experts Cathy Maloney Hills and Christine Shidla will provide tools to maximize the properties of the water and creatively challenge clients with Parkinson’s disease. Interested participants can register by clicking here.

About HydroWorx
HydroWorx, based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools, underwater treadmills, and peripheral products and services. Every day, over 15,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx’s upcoming webinars, as well as archived webcasts, can be found by visiting our website.

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