Stroke recovery can be a long and arduous process. However, having your Physical Therapy in a 92 degree Fahrenheit swimming pool has its advantages for recovery from a stroke at most time-points following the injury.
I asked one of my patients a question about how the pool, in particular, has advantages over land-based therapy alone. My patient with hemiplegia from a prior stroke episode stated that being in the pool allows the chance to focus on toning particular muscles that are not possible on land with gravity pushing down on the body. The patient went on to comment that you can try little adjustments in the water for how those muscles could be used without the fear of getting injured from falling.
Stroke Recovery and Fall Risks
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke survivors have a dangerous increase in fall incidents in the first year following their injury. These falls often lead to secondary injuries that are very serious in nature. Fall prevention and thus further injury prevention becomes an important focus for the recovering stroke patient.
How CBAY Can Help
At Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Physical Therapy, we provide one-on-one and group balance and postural control training for our patients in the heated swimming pool for safe, effective recovery. We focus on practical needs such as transferring confidently, performing activities of daily living better, solving ambulation problems & overall stretching & strengthening as needed to be safe every day. We also design custom home exercise programs to help you maintain your fitness level during and after your physical therapy course ends.
Stroke recovery in the aquatic setting addresses many of the common impairments such as the imbalance between the right/left side of the body, muscle tone impairments, sensory loss, visual-perceptual deficits affecting safety during motion, mind-body memory & processing impairments and most importantly, stability & balance issues. Exercising in water under safe conditions helps you to meet your goals for safe, effective physical improvements and can be lots of fun, too! For more information, please contact us with any questions about stroke & neurological rehab at any of our five branches, each offering aquatic rehab.
“Aquatic Applications for Balance Focus on CVA and Neuro”; by Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC; 2016 Aqua Therapy & Rehab Institute continuing education program.