Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy

Post by admin » Tue Nov 09, 2004 6:41 am

Anyone out there had experience with hydrotherapy. Michael has started hydro to help build up the arm and keep everything as flexible as possible in the event that nerve surgery is a success and he gets some movement back. He has a series of exercises to go through and is attending 3 times a week. I was quite surprised today when watching a session how much rom he gets in the water. Just curious as to what other peeps have experienced with this type of therapy. Regards Narelle

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by EllenB » Tue Nov 09, 2004 8:46 am

I think water therapy is one of the best ways to extend movement for ROM exercises. Taking gravity out of the equation allows much more to be done. Three times a week is excellent, too!

The first indication we had of muscle innervation, post surgery, for John was when he was in someone's swimming pool at a July 4th party He surprised us all by realizing he could move his arm. We basically freaked out, as you can imagine.

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by cbe411 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:44 am

Narelle, I did hydrotherpay for about 6 months and it was GREAT! One of the greatest benefits I got from it was the relearn where my arm was in corisondence with my body, if that makes sense. I had a hard tie to know without feeling for it, where my arm was (on my tummy, at my side, etc) Ther was a day my physio couldnt be there so another physio came in, I was already in the pool warming up, she didnt even know I had a BPI! That was great too! I could do so much in the ppol. As Ellen said, the total elimination of gravity was wonderful! I could bend my arm into my chest and almost get it all the way behind my back! I have some home exercizes if you are interested, I could email them to you, just let me know! Keep up with this physio as long as he can! It really helped me!

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by Lyn ND » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:01 pm

Hi Narelle
When my son had an osteotomy we took him swimming 2x a day for 12 weeks only a few weeks after the operation and then reduced it to once a day for a further 3 months using a hyudrotherapy pool. I attribute that to the use he has now. I also started him swimming when he was 4 and continued it before the osteotomy. Back then I was regarded as an over protective and over zealous mother but now it is common practice. I am so glad I insisted on it and now my son operates his late fathers business as a motor mechanic. He is strong and able to do most things. My thoughts on hydrotherapy have been vindicated and I strongly recommend every one with a BPI to use it. He then played soccer and was training every day for about 15 years he stopped playing 2 years ago when his Dad died.
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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by admin » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:44 pm

Hi Courtney

Yes please email away. Would be very interested in any exercises. We have a pool ourselves at home so Michael intends to get into it as much as possible when the weather warms up a bit. Regards Narelle

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by cbe411 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:59 pm

What is your email addy? I can scan then inot my puter nad then send htem to ya..... You can email to me if you like.... wildncrazyney@aol.com

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by admin » Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:26 am

Hi everyone, just another comment on hydrotherapy. After Michael's session yesterday also had to attend normal physio at hospital as well. Was quite surprised that both hydro physio and other physio were quite prepared to compare notes on what exercises Michael is doing and how each other can help with his exercises. On the down note on this we won't be doing both in the same day again as it took too much out of him (the reason we did it was that I could only get this day off work and hence you have to try and squeeze everything in as much as possible). He was in quite a bit of pain last night and this morning said that his biceps actually felt sore. Not paining but an actual soreness in his arm. I found this quite surprising as he does not have any feeling in his arm. By mid afternoon today he felt better and the arm was not as sore. Perhaps it was just a bit of overdoing it.
Thanks for your replies. Michael is keen to keep up the hydrotherapy..... he actually enjoys it. The physio is also keen as well... it is the first BPI injury that he has had to work with and is finding it quite interesting....take care everyone regards Narelle and Michael

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by RottieJan » Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:18 am

hi all!

narelle & michael - i haven't had actual hydrotherapy, but my physio highly recommended doing my exercises in a pool. also, just after my injury, we went to cuba for a week and i found the ocean to be wonderful for my exercises.

good luck to all,

hugs,

jan

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by admin » Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:38 am

Wow! it is good to hear that BPI people can get in the pool and exercise. I had been thinking about it but was unsure. There are three pools where I live, one is heated year round..live in Ocala, Florida...so I have a great resource available to me. Can't wait to try it!

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Re: Hydrotherapy

Post by admin » Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:38 am

Hi Pat
Go for it...Michael is going three times a week at the moment and he loves it. The warmth of the water and the release on his arm is amazing. The heaviness and pressure taken off his arm during his sessions is worth it. Have to admit he does get a bit tired after a session because the physio has him working quite a bit... not excessively... but enough to get the arm a good workout. Our aim is that he will keep everything quite flexible and build up the arm in the event that he gets something from surgery he will be able to move the arm without any strain. Let us know how you go... would be interested and good luck..Regards Narelle & Michael.

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