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Water Therapy

For the past couple months, we have been heading to water therapy a couple times a week. It is definitely a good thing – Em enjoys it and it has helped with her stamina and stability. It may not be a miracle cure, but it is one of those things that quietly helps improve life and I am very thankful for it.

Just for fun, I thought I would share a few pictures of the pool Em has therapy in and show what has been taking up our time recently.  I would have taken more (and shared them) but Em was not terribly thrilled with me taking pictures of her in the pool and spent half the time on this particular day glancing back at me to keep an eye on me and giving me the evil eye. Which was a tad bit counterproductive but her therapist had a laugh about it, so it all worked out.

Water Therapy

Water Therapy – the floor is a treadmill that can be adjusted to the desired speed for walking, marching, side steps, etc. She typically did each of those for 5 minutes, during therapy.

 

 

The bottom of the pool is a treadmill that is adjusted to the desired speed.

The depth of the pool is adjustable so the person can do various exercises – lowered to give the most support, raised for squats, lunges, etc. I think she is doing squats here.

The depth of the pool is adjustable so different exercises can be done. Here she is bracing against the side using different equipment to work her core and upper body.

 Here she is bracing against the side using different equipment to work her core and upper body.

 

 

Doing step ups. She eventually had to back off these because her knees and ankles have been hurting.

Doing step ups. She had to back off these because her knees and ankles have been hurting and the step ups aggravated them. Towards the end, they were added back in at lower reps.

This pic is blurry and I apologize, but it shows the  monitors that are hooked up to cameras in the pool so therapist and patient can note in real time how the exercises are going. In Em's case, she can watch for hyperextension and correct it.

This pic is blurry and I apologize, but it shows the monitors that are hooked up to cameras in the pool so therapist and patient can note in real time how the exercises are going. In Em’s case, she can watch for hyperextension and correct it.

 

 

Another blurry pic to apologize for, but this shows how the floor is raised - the patient walks out to the bar and is floor lowers to submerge the patient. When the session is done, the floor is raised and the patient walks off. No stairs, no trouble. Pretty awesome!

Another blurry pic to apologize for, but this shows how the pool works – the patient walks out to the bar and is floor slowly lowers to submerge the patient. When the session is done, the floor is raised and the patient walks off. No stairs, no trouble. They can even push a wheelchair on at the beginning and end if needed. Pretty awesome!

 

 

So, that is what we have been up to for the past couple months. Yesterday was her last appointment but we see the therapist on Monday for a re-eval and will start some land based therapy – looking forward to it since it will be a couple years since she had a course of land therapy.

Hmmm… Now that I am thinking about it,  I guess her last (and first) real course of land  was in 2009 after she hurt her knee, long before the diagnosis – so that is more than a couple years. She had to be dismissed after a couple months  because therapy was only causing her more pain as she deteriorated and she had stopped making progress.  Definitely looking forward to building on the progress we have recently made.

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  1. Water therapy (or hydrotherapy as we call it in the UK) has made a big difference for me too (I have EDS type 3 and rheumatoid arthritis). I only started 3 weeks ago but my therapist remarked today that there has been an improvement. Your pool looks much more high-tech than the one I’m using! Ours is more like a swimming pool with some equipment in it like a ‘table’ to sit on and ‘cycle’ on. We don’t have anything like monitors hooked up to cameras in the pool! It was much harder than I anticipated at first to concentrate on engaging the stomach muscles while being careful not to hyperextend. But I got the hang of it and as you say it definitely helps with both stamina and stability.

    • It is a pretty nifty set up and I know we are blessed to have it available! When Em had her first course of pool therapy, she was in a wheelchair and was able to get in and out of that pool so easily because there are no stairs. And, during her first course of water therapy, by the time she got done she was so exhausted that she would fall asleep as we were pulling out of the parking lot. Now, she is tired but she can even do a brief bit of shopping and walking around afterwards, so she has definitely come a long way!

      I am glad you have benefited from being in the pool – I would recommend it to anyone. Good luck with it – hope you continue to improve!

      Thanks for commenting!
      Beth

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