water therapy

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      i just started taking water classes at our YMCA. Anyone else do this? My therapist recommended the Y 5 times a week. I get bored working out by myself. So i tried the water aerobics class yesterday and the arhtritis class today. I liked the arthritis class much better. I am exhausted though not to mention tingling. everyone in the class except me is in their 70 or above so it is a slower class. the instructor suggested maybe i use the wal l of the pool more. I really liked it. I miss swimming. I used to be a sychronized swimmer in jr high and high school. well i am off to get in a nap before my mom comes home.

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

      [COLOR=”Sienna”]Let me know how it goes. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing. [/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

      The nice thing about pool work is that you don’t have the full weight of your body on your feet. Less pressure makes less pain. less pain is good. You also have to work against the water, making each movement a little more challenging.

      Sounds like fun !!

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

      Ryan used to do water therapy and loved it. he can’t do it right now because he has a perma cath in for his plasma pheresis treatment but once its out he will go back to it. Just make sure you dont over do it. doing stuff in water is good but it is tiring and too much of a good thing isn’t always good. if 5 days a week is too tiring then go to 2 times a week. If your in the middle of a relapse then going 5 days a week might be too much.

      Good luck and I hope y ou start feeling better.


    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

      I can do certain things in the water and love it but what I can do is limited! Before I moved here, I had a 60′ lap pool in my backyard and was in the pool all the time. However, my hands/arms hurt worse than my legs so I find I can’t swim or do anything that puts any pressure on my arms (have trouble pushing a grocery cart!). Water therapy (except for my hot tub ; ) mostly hurts my arms but is OK on my legs.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      I am doing it Monday wednesday and fridays. except this week because i have the flu got it from my mom. but it is going ok. i am still exhausted afterwords. (the flu along witha bruised hip and a broken nose—fell out of bed again.) did a sleep study and waiting on the results gto find out next course of treatment. not driving due to numbness increasing and having trouble with bladder issues as well. still very tired and having trouble concentrating.

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

      still doing water classes, still like it. now i wear my tennis shoes in the water, much nicer on my feet. having trouble with stomach pain at first thought it was leftover fro m the flu. now doctor wants to do an ultrasound and a more extensive blood panel. my stomache is killing me especially after i eat or drink anything. it hurts to even lay down at night. am using my sleep apnea machine no changes so far. go see my neuro in a couple of weeks to follow up with symptoms and to see if any are resolved by using the machine.

Water therapy

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      I just started doing water classes at the Y. It is nice to be in the pool again. I feel almost normal in the water. it is nice that i dont have to use my feet to get around. it does exhaust me though. and everyone one in the class are in the 70s or above. It is a class for arthritis. Bu t the instructor is nice and helps me a lot, she is not the regular instuctor. the usual one works on the side of the pool more. which is actually better for me. i might try and do some laps in the other pool. it has a lift to get in and out. the one i use now they wheel me in in a modified wheel chair. i guess it is ok to do water exercise the doctor said i could go to the Y five times a week. I am really tired after ward but my mom lets me nap on days i go to the Y

    • August 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm

      I go to the Y too! I am able to do a light workout on the machines with my daughter and then we go swimming. I like floating along in the ‘lazy river’ our Y has. It is a portion of the pool that has a current that pushes you along. I haven’t gotten up the nerve to take a water class yet because the one i watched was a bit too demanding so I go it on my own and at my own pace. I am usually tired once we leave too! I go home and sleep!

Water therapy

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 1:46 am

      Nate is going to be evaluated this friday for PT at a large hospital nearby. The recording for their info line says they offer pool therapy.
      I know some of you have had that from some posts I read.
      I don’t know exactly what type of therapy they will be doing with him yet but I have questions about it.
      I was wondering, how do they get you in and out of the water if you can’t negotiate steps?
      Do the use a hoyer type of lift or what?

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 2:03 am

      First let me say that water therapy is THE BEST!!!!! It alleviates all the hassles of gravity and gives you a freedom that is undescribable!!

      As far as getting into the water, there is a ramp. They transfer you from your wheelchair to a ‘showerchair’. Then they roll you down the ramp until you become buyoant enough to float off the chair. Getting out of the pool is just the opposite.

      If I were you, I would do anything I could to get the pool therapy. It was the first therapy I ever did and I am better for it. I could walk in water before I could walk on land!


    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 10:07 am

      there are places that have ramps and places that have both ramps and lifts. any respectful place would have both to accomidate all patients’ needs. water therapy works 4 times better on patients who have limitations, because the gravity effect is not there the water is very bouyant and wonderful. the temp of the pool is between 90 to 94 degrees. i will be starting my aqua therapy after the first of the month, because i can’t do landbased pt due to atrophied muscles and weakness. push for the aqua therapy, nate will love it.

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 1:13 pm

      This is great info! Thanks
      I read these posts to Nate just now. He was playing with the dogs in my room.
      He says he will try to get them to let him have water therapy.
      He has atrophied muscles in his legs also. They don’t even show at all.
      He has always been a water bug since he was little and not getting to swim 2 summers in a row has him really missing it.
      I’ll let everyone know how it goes tomorrow.

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 7:31 pm

      I have been doing water therapy for over one year -3 days a week –move from my wheelchair onto a chair that swings over the pool and into the water.
      Without question it allows for so much more activity as gravity is reduced — it can be tiring as you do not realize how much work you are doing — drink fluids when session is over .. You will be thrilled with the progress.

      Robert Jones

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2006 at 1:53 pm

      I am currently on day 33 of my GBS onset and trying to get my Neurologist to approve OP water therapy. This thread makes me want it more. I can’t wait to recover.

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2006 at 7:10 pm


      When I was in rehab I loved water therapy. The pool water is so warm and relaxing. I was lifting into the pool out of my wheel chair by some sort of hoist chair. It was amazing to be able to stand when I couldn’t even walk yet. I was a little scared though because I like to be in control of things and I didn’t want to drown but I know they wouldnt let me do that, that was just my fears talking to me. Have fun. You do get cold when you get out so maybe he should have a robe to wrap up in.


    • Anonymous
      January 1, 2007 at 1:28 pm

      RIGHT ON!!!

      I have used it 4 times (Stroke, Broken leg [I]twice[/I] and broke lower back) each time I heal faster than other who were in similar conditions but not able to do water therapy. The heat relaxes the muscles, less cramps, and being 220 lbs make me feel like I was tiny again.

    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2007 at 3:14 pm

      I have been going swimming at our local YMCA for a year & a half now. I do water aerobics twice a week, in an MS supported class. At first I used the hydraulic chair to get in & out, now I just wear my braces with water shoes & can walk in & out using the railing & stairs. It has been a godsend to me, strengthening what I do have left, as well as giving me range of motion throughout my joints. Our pool is kept at about 83 degrees, which is good for me, as I tend to get overheated very easily with my CIDP.