Carroll et al.
(2017) look into the benefits of using aquatic therapy to help with the early stages ofParkinson’s syndrome. People diagnosed with neurodegenerative disorders have a higher chance offalling due to gait variability, an inconsistency with the distance of their steps. Physiotherapy plays animportant role in the prevention and rehabilitation of most diseases, The research team focuses on aquatictherapy specifically, theorizing that, among other things, would improve gait variability.
The peoplechosen to take part in the study had Parkinson’s disease and were granted permission by theirphysiotherapists.To qualify, the patients had to be able to demonstrate that they could walk ten meters ontheir own, and people who had problems that would hinder them from participating were excluded.Before the intervention started, the finalized Twenty-one participants (14 men and 7 women) wentthrough a couple of tests that would give the research its initial data, which included the gait variability,quality of life, and freezing. The participants were randomly separated into two groups, one that wouldcontinue with their regular exercises while the others implemented aquatic therapy into their regimen.
Theintervention would take six weeks, the patients assessed a week before and after the experiment. Theaquatic therapy would start with some warm-ups, before being instructed to walk in a twelve-meter poolfor minutes and another water-based therapy with a ten-minute break in between. In the end, they foundno significant changes in gait variability with either group or really anything they hypothesized except theimprovement of motor disability. The team concluding that the lack of time and the small number ofpeople affected their study the most.
Fortunately, the aquatic therapy was overall very enjoyable for thepeople who participate. In conclusion, aquatic therapy is a fun and safe way for people with Parkinson’sdisease to help with their motor disability.