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#1 stecurtis331

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:02 PM

when i went to the spinal unit on wednesday the consultant has put me in for hydrotherapy.
Has anyone and idea what it is and does it help.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:28 PM

Think of aqua aerobics, or similar, many years ago my mother had this, she has never been able to swim, so for her was terrifing thought. however was fine, as of course you have a pt working in the pool with you usually. I think if you can look on Christopher Reeves video clips, there are some of him in the pool. My daughter comes swimming with me sometimes, and finds she can exercise in water better, but she is more mobile than you, good luck and enjoy.
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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:37 PM

Think of aqua aerobics, or similar, many years ago my mother had this, she has never been able to swim, so for her was terrifing thought. however was fine, as of course you have a pt working in the pool with you usually. I think if you can look on Christopher Reeves video clips, there are some of him in the pool. My daughter comes swimming with me sometimes, and finds she can exercise in water better, but she is more mobile than you, good luck and enjoy.
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thanks cate for replying and your information i will have a look.
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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:44 PM

I had quite a long course of hydrotherapy and loved it. The water is warmer than usual so you will be able to float easily and you will have a physio helping with exercises. The best one I found was you float on your back and the physio moves you from side to side by the shoulders nice and gently. This encourages the vertebra to seperate out ( not quite what Im trying to describe but Im having a memory loss moment here!!!) and it puts less pressure on the spinal cord or something. I found it great for pain and felt much better for a day or 2. I dont think I had any long lasting benefit but it was a really nice experience even though I was knackered afterwards!!!

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 01:58 PM

I had quite a long course of hydrotherapy and loved it. The water is warmer than usual so you will be able to float easily and you will have a physio helping with exercises. The best one I found was you float on your back and the physio moves you from side to side by the shoulders nice and gently. This encourages the vertebra to seperate out ( not quite what Im trying to describe but Im having a memory loss moment here!!!) and it puts less pressure on the spinal cord or something. I found it great for pain and felt much better for a day or 2. I dont think I had any long lasting benefit but it was a really nice experience even though I was knackered afterwards!!!



thanks lucy,
thats very helpful :censored: .
i think when you dont know what something is you panic more.
I have them moments to (memory loss) quite often lol.

thanks
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 10:12 PM

Hi,

My brother got in the pool this week for the first time and he loved it. He was a bit apprehensive about his legs up ending him however they use some floaties for a while then he was fine on his own. Said he excelled at doggy paddle! He was describing how great it was to stretch out with nothing being behind his back, chair rest ect.

Be warned he was a bit stiff the next day! But he is really keen to get back in the water today, going to go and watch his technique today!

All the best

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 02:07 PM

Nasa did a study, and found out spinal cords can heal with weighlessness. So the floating thing is very helpful to heal injurys. Have fun and enjoy.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:38 PM

Nasa did a study, and found out spinal cords can heal with weighlessness. So the floating thing is very helpful to heal injurys. Have fun and enjoy.


Can you find the article to back that up, all I could find is the following, which would suggest the opposite.

Prolonged weightlessness results in a loss of muscle strength, muscle volume and bone density, particularly in the legs. These conditions can cause reduced spinal cord excitability, which can lead to loss of locomotor function in the legs. Spinal cord excitability was isolated and measured to study possible ways to reverse the process while still in flight. Reversal of this process will result in a healthier crew following long duration space flight.

http://www.nasa.gov/...s/H-Reflex.html


Remember, zero gravity, and being weightless in a pool are completely different, as the spinal cord of the person in the pool would still be subject to gravity.

The additional movement whilst being supported in the pool however, may assist the cords healing, by keeping neurons firing, and keeping pathways open, in a similar way to the mechanical properties of the Lokomat.

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