How Will This Advance Patient Care?
- Due to buoyancy, patients are able to initiate weight bearing with decreased pain and stress to the joints. For example, a 200 lb person:
- Hydrostatic pressure helps reduce blood pressure, edema and spasticity for an enhanced therapy experience.
- Fluid resistance offers an effective challenge to patients suffering from decreased muscular strength and endurance as well as those suffering with balance issues.
- Gentle water turbulence is effective at modulating pain.
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