Since installing the HydroTread 1611 Underwater Treadmill Unit from PhysioPools in March 2011 we have experienced and increase in interest and usage. The machine is very simple to operate, allowing us to cater for a large range of clients, varying in size and weight, with conditions ranging from;
· Post operation rehabilitation.
· Post stroke rehabilitation.
· Return to work strengthening programs.
· People with chronic disabilities e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Osteoarthritis.
· Weight loss exercise programs.
With the use of the individualised strength and exercise programs we are able to progress from basic to complex water based exercises and then land based exercises allowing the client to get back to there activities much quicker than just physiotherapy alone. enabling the clients recovery rate to speed up dramatically..
The HydroTread 1611 is not only for people with injuries. We have also had elite athletes using the pool for both fitness and recovery sessions. This has been successful in allowing us to create a new method of treatment and target a broader group of clients.
Roslyn Trimboli Guardala
Master of Physiotherapy
B.App.Sc (Exercise and Sports Science)
Back on Track Health Clinic
Please follow the link to read an article from the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2010, By Human Kinetics Inc.
There research shows that exercising in water and specifically using an underwater treadmill can benefit those with Osteoarthritis.
They concluded that;
"patients diagnosed with OA will display similar energy expenditures during short-term exercise on an underwater versus land treadmill when speeds are greater than preferred. This finding along with the perceived pain findings would indicate that patients with OA may receive the same aerobic conditioning during underwater treadmill exercise with less joint pain than performing the same exercise on land. While future longitudinal research is needed, underwater treadmill exercise may also lead to greater improvements in mobility when compared with the same exercise performed on land."
I have had great success with the Physio 1611. I have an 81year old lady who fell in April and cracked her pelvis. She is a very agile lady but the accident left her totally insecure, she was having to use a walking frame and had given up driving her car. After completing 6 x 30minute sessions under my supervision she had gained her confidence back and was able to walk again un-aided. The Physio 1611, due to the fact that she was supported by the water as I had the level of water to her waist was able to walk quite comfortably and without pain. I corrected her posture whilst she was walking paying particular notice of her foot movements. She has also corrected her other health issues because she was able to exercise in comfort. Vera is now on her 22nd treatment has returned to her active senior life style and drives herself to all her functions. Although she is very well and active she remains a weekly client as she finds exercising in the Physio 1611 has improved her health and wellbeing.
TERESA MARSH - PURELY ESSENTIAL
Below you will find how www.Hydrotherapytraining.com defines Hydrotherapy, Aquatic Physiotherapy and conditions that can benefit from both.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Simply speaking hydrotherapy is using the water for therapy. The term has been used since Greek and Roman times and man has always known the inherent value of water. However the term hydrotherapy has had so many meanings over the centuries that it can be a little confusing to people. Some of the activities that occur in a hydrotherapy pool include:
- Aquatic Physiotherapy
- Water Exercise
- Aqua Aerobics
- Swimming for Special Populations
Aquatic physiotherapy is physiotherapy carried out in warm water where the properties of water are utilized with the knowledge and skills of the physiotherapists to improve the outcome of the rehabilitation process. The physiotherapist already has expertise in human movement and pathologies so uses the warm water to assist and resist body movements, relax muscles, and help decrease pain. Aquatic physiotherapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques, to improve muscle power, range of joint movement, balance, co-ordination, fitness and confidence in movement.
People with appropriate exercise qualifications may design individual exercise programs or conduct classes in the water. Classes vary depending on the group of patients, their age, swimming ability and medical condition. Many water exercise classes are simply general exercise classes conducted in a swimming pool. People with a particular medical condition should ensure that the instructor has the appropriate qualifications to understand these conditions and advise you on the best activities to do in the water. Physiotherapists are the most appropriate professionals to consult when pain is involved.
Why is water therapy beneficial?
- Decreases muscle spasm
- Assists with pain reduction
- Provides greater joint flexibility
- Allows variable weight bearing
- Specific strength training is possible
- Allows balance training without fear
- Reduces swelling
- Allows people of all ages and disabilities to move more easily and get fitter
- A pleasant form of rehabilitation
Conditions Benefiting from Aquatic Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists with appropriate qualifications use aquatic physiotherapy techniques to treat many types of patients. An aquatic physiotherapist uses hands-on techniques to treat their patients individually in the hydrotherapy pool. They use manual therapy techniques to treat joint and soft tissue problems, prescribe exercises, correct posture and educate regarding the patient’s rehabilitation.
Conditions treated include:
- Back problems
- Orthopaedic conditions
- Sports injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Balance disorders
- Rheumatoid Arthritis