Since installing the HydroTread 1611 Underwater Treadmill Unit from PhysioPools in March 2011 we have experienced and increase in interest and usage. The machine is very simple to operate, allowing us to cater for a large range of clients, varying in size and weight, with conditions ranging from;
· Post operation rehabilitation.
· Post stroke rehabilitation.
· Return to work strengthening programs.
· People with chronic disabilities e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Osteoarthritis.
· Weight loss exercise programs.
With the use of the individualised strength and exercise programs we are able to progress from basic to complex water based exercises and then land based exercises allowing the client to get back to there activities much quicker than just physiotherapy alone. enabling the clients recovery rate to speed up dramatically..
The HydroTread 1611 is not only for people with injuries. We have also had elite athletes using the pool for both fitness and recovery sessions. This has been successful in allowing us to create a new method of treatment and target a broader group of clients.
Roslyn Trimboli Guardala
Master of Physiotherapy
B.App.Sc (Exercise and Sports Science)
Back on Track Health Clinic
Please follow the link to read an article from the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2010, By Human Kinetics Inc.
There research shows that exercising in water and specifically using an underwater treadmill can benefit those with Osteoarthritis.
They concluded that;
"patients diagnosed with OA will display similar energy expenditures during short-term exercise on an underwater versus land treadmill when speeds are greater than preferred. This finding along with the perceived pain findings would indicate that patients with OA may receive the same aerobic conditioning during underwater treadmill exercise with less joint pain than performing the same exercise on land. While future longitudinal research is needed, underwater treadmill exercise may also lead to greater improvements in mobility when compared with the same exercise performed on land."
I have had great success with the Physio 1611. I have an 81year old lady who fell in April and cracked her pelvis. She is a very agile lady but the accident left her totally insecure, she was having to use a walking frame and had given up driving her car. After completing 6 x 30minute sessions under my supervision she had gained her confidence back and was able to walk again un-aided. The Physio 1611, due to the fact that she was supported by the water as I had the level of water to her waist was able to walk quite comfortably and without pain. I corrected her posture whilst she was walking paying particular notice of her foot movements. She has also corrected her other health issues because she was able to exercise in comfort. Vera is now on her 22nd treatment has returned to her active senior life style and drives herself to all her functions. Although she is very well and active she remains a weekly client as she finds exercising in the Physio 1611 has improved her health and wellbeing.
TERESA MARSH - PURELY ESSENTIAL