Aquatic Therapy injury recovery with AquaLogix fluid resistance technology
Aquatic therapy provides many benefits for patients immediately after an injury. Since objects in water weigh substantially less, there is less intervertebral disc pressure, allowing for a more aggressive program. Water has many beneficial properties. Buoyancy acts in the opposite direction of earth’s gravity allowing the body to experience an upward thrust equal to the weight of the fluid displaced when a body is immersed in water. This results in less stress on the bones, joints, and the connective tissues.
Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure that the water exerts on the immersed object. The pressure helps with venous return and a centralization of peripheral blood flow, which may help control inflammation and help with the healing response. The viscosity of the water is a measure of the frictional resistance caused by forces between the liquid molecules.
Hydrodynamics is defined as movement through water. It involves velocity of the movement, surface area of the moving object, and the direction of the immersed object. When a patient moves in the water, laminar flow and drag on the body create resistance and the patient must overcome this feeling to complete the motion. This will result in a treatment that is safe and offer beginning strength training, core stability training, aerobic training and endurance training benefits.
Since aquatic therapy provides its own resistance, the therapy is much safer than dry land weight lifting. Due to all of the beneficial properties, an aquatic environment can allow for patients to start moving within days of injury or surgery with little risk of re-injuring the involved body area..
Water desensitizes the patient from pain due to the hydro-static pressures, the thermal temperatures, and the turbulence. Therapeutically warm water temperatures can also help the muscles relax promoting an increase in blood and oxygen flow to the injured tissues. Physical gains and improvements as well as psychological benefits are both results of an aquatic therapy program. Usually after injury or surgery, patients are very apprehensive and nervous about re-injuring and re-stressing the affected area. However, with an aquatic environment, patients experience easier movements without pain, which in turn boosts their self-confidence and determination in therapy and the healing process to recover faster.
The aquatic therapy equipment used in many aquatic resistance rehabilitation protocols is often outdated and lacks evidence-based
The AquaLogix Fitness System is a multi-patented, diverse array of aquatic exercise equipment that can be utilized to treat a wide variety of patient conditions. This technology can be used in the treatment of shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and low back conditions.research to confirm and support the use of the equipment. A type of aquatic fitness equipment that has been created more recently and is gaining recognition among fitness experts is called AquaLogix.
AquaLogix capitalizes on what they call “the principle of Omni-directional drag resistance” in water. This simply means, being able to work a muscle group equally and smoothly in any direction. In fluid dynamics, drag, which is sometimes called fluid resistance, refers to forces that act on a solid object in the direction of the relative fluid flow velocity.
- How would you like to regain your range of motion and strength without “over-doing-it”? Better yet, how about never losing it at all?
- With Aquatic Therapy, you can avoid joint stiffness and minimize the build-up of scar tissue, getting you back in the game!
- AquaLogix gives you infinite degrees of recovery variability in not only resistance, but movement patterns as well. This allows you to attain the exact level best suited for your condition at any point in your recovery.
- Rather than immobilization, reconditioning and the reintroduction of many movements can begin much sooner recovery. The result is a return to readiness weeks or even months faster than land based rehabilitation and recovery alone.
A study proposal by John Nettie, PT to determine the efficacy of an aquatic therapy protocol using AquaLogix technology vs. “Standard” Aquatic Therapy Equipment In Cardinal and Multiplanar (PNF) Patterns with Patients in order to improve function and reduce symptoms in patients with non-descript low back pain. Download Powerpoint
Monitoring the intensity of aquatic resistance exercises with devices that increase the drag force study by Juan C. Colado and N. Travis Triplett
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Dr. Jan Prins rehab study was presented at the 67th Annual Assembly of American Academy of physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Recovery on Kinematic Motion Analysis in the Evaluation of Therapeutic Exercises used in Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation conducted by Dr. Jan Prins from the University of Hawaii. The study was conducted using AquaLogix equipment.
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Dr. Mary Wykle knows the benefits of using water for rehabilitative and Recovery therapy purposes. Within her life-long involvement with all aspects of aquatics she has designed and implemented numerous programs which aid individuals in need of rehabilitative measures.
In the 1980′s, she began to focus more on rehabilitating orthopedic injuries and surgeries. Today, Dr. Wykle has become a dominate force in promoting the use of the aquatic medium in rehabilitating injured military personnel. The wife of a retired general, Mary arranged to meet both the U.S. Surgeon General of the Army and the Army’s Chief Physical Therapist about the benefits of using the aquatic medium in treating injured solders and providing training and rehab in aquatic therapy for solders in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She gave the White House Wellness Briefing on the benefits of aquatic therapy and exercise to broaden the awareness of positive aquatic activities. She has published eleven manuals and twenty-three articles on aquatic therapy, rehab, nutrition and general fitness.
“My focus in using the AquaLogix Recovery Equipment goes beyond strength and cardio. I focus on core training and lumbar/pelvic stability. The 3 resistance levels of the Bells permit challenge beyond the traditional progressions. Once abdominal bracing seated against the pool wall is achieved and maintained while adding basic arm movements, the bells are added starting with the lightest resistance. As increased difficulty is desired, the correct bells are used. Basic movements include small shoulder flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, horizontal abduction adduction symmetrical and bilateral), and bilateral “windshield” type movement to bring in internal oblique contraction — single side contraction. I also use different resistance bells at the same time to do small bent arm push downs in various side to side positions in front of the body. This is because we seldom use identical weights in everyday life. It is also useful to assist in correcting muscle imbalances between the sides of the body. Once these exercises are correctly practiced seated against the wall, progression takes them to free standing — either from a lunge or spread leg stance and gradually narrow stance to hip width apart.”
“The Fins are perfect for “Angular Pilates” and Aqua Pilates to increase core/powerhouse challenge. Progression goes from no equipment to the progressive resistance of the fins. Single leg circles – both seated against the pool wall and standing with side to pool wall – increase the difficulty of maintaining the abdominal bracing. Double leg lifts with the back remaining tight to the pool wall are added challenge, but only when it is possible to secure the back without impinging the shoulders. Standing and facing the pool wall, single leg kicks (knee flexion) require core stability so as not to over extend the back. The fins are also useful for all walking progressions and deep water running.”
Dr. Mary Wykle, Ph.D.
ATRIC, AEA, ACE, ARCIT