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Studies reveal benefits of aquatic therapy for MS sufferers

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5/16/2012
The results of a new study from AquaHab Physical Therapy suggests that aquatic therapy may be beneficial to those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Les Littman of AquaHab Physical therapy outlined the MS case study results, which revealed the benefits of aquatic exercise offers sufferers, improving their overall weakness and fatigue and decreasing the loss of balance.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and even debilitating disease in some cases that attacks the central nervous systems and includes symptoms ranging from numbness in the limbs to paralysis and loss of vision, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Numerous studies have pointed to the benefits aquatic therapy presents to those with MS with one from Denmark showing the positive effects as well as a similar study from Iran showing the same.

“All of the evidence points to the effectiveness of aquatic exercises for MS patients, particularly as part of a treatment plan developed by licensed physical therapists," Littman said. "Our own experience has shown that those suffering from MS can make remarkable strides when participating in an aquatic physical therapy program. The natural properties of water make it an ideal medium for those with physical limitations. Its buoyancy provides support for weak limbs and promotes muscle relaxation, while its resistance helps build muscle strength. Those with balance and coordination issues find it easier – and safer – to exercise in water."

In addition to PT jobs helping those with MS, new equipment has been developed to also assist those suffering from the disease. Mobility Research recently announced a new partnership with Rehabmart.com. Mobility Research develops LiteGait products, which are used to treat those suffering from MS as well as other ailments, including stroke and spinal cord injury.


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