Research With Underwater Treadmill Is Breakthrough for Victims of Spinal Cord InjuriesBy Newswise,
Publication Date: January 14, 2010
Article describes underwater treadmill therapy for patients with spinal cord injury. The therapy, part of a research study carried out in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in physical therapy at Middle Tennessee State University, engages volunteers with spinal cord injury in treadmill walking inside a fiberglass tank holding 270 gallons of water. Benefits of the water therapy include buoyancy, resistance for muscle strengthening, sensory feedback, and a slowed-down reaction time to enable the patient's body to process the actions. According to the doctoral student conducting the study, participants improved walking averages from an initial four or five minutes to up to four trials at eight minutes each toward the end of trials. The article includes illustrative case histories of three of the volunteers with spinal cord injury participating in the study.
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