Aquatic Exercise & Therapy for Parkinson's
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disorder with symptoms caused by the loss of neurons and decrease in dopamine in the brain. Parkinson’s often causes neurons to function incorrectly or die, which stops them from correctly sending information to glands, nerves, and muscles. Symptoms can vary widely and can get progressively worse. Some common symptoms include tremors, muscle stiffness, issues with mobility, and impaired vocal cords.
Nearly one million Americans and 7-10 million people worldwide are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, thousands of Americans live with the disease unknowingly.
There is no cure to Parkinson’s disease and doctors are still unsure of what causes the disease in the first place. Typical treatments are medicine or surgery, however these treatments are simply to manage symptoms.
Convenient water exercise and therapy at home are perfect for battling the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. With regular water exercise in an Endless Pool you'll build muscle strength, endurance and enhance flexibility. Empower yourself and fight the degenerative symptoms of Parkinson's and improve your personal outlook and mood. With daily water exercise you'll experience:
- Increased range of motion
- Improved muscle tone while reducing stiffness and pain
- Enhanced posture and motor control
- Reduced fear of falling, leading to more confidence
- Improved bowel function
- Improved sense of well-being
While aquatic exercise will not reverse the symptoms of Parkinson's, it can enhance your quality of life helping you maintain independence longer. If medication and surgical intervention have been your only treatment options, supplementing with regular aquatic exercise can help.
Water exercise and therapy can take many forms, all of which are effective in treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. You could choose to swim against the adjustable swim current in an ®, sit in an ergonomic seat with warm jets massaging you in a Swim Spa, or simply do aerobic therapy in the warm water of a WaterWell. With multiple models of swimming pools to choose from you are sure to find one that suits your taste and budget.