Arthritis Studies

Chronic Arthritis - Denzil

Objective

To improve mobility and complete pain free workouts.

Background

Denzil is a long term physiotherapy patient who is using aquatic therapy to gain a better level of mobility in his day-to-day routine.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 32˚C
  • Speed: 1.5 to 2.8kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1120mm
  • Resistance Jets: For calf massage at the end of the session
  • Direction: Forward and reverse
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Advantages and Outcomes

The HYDRO PHYSIO Lifestyle treadmill allows Denzil to experience pain-free exercise and provides him with a sense of personal achievement. Due to his condition he struggles to walk more than 100 metres on land and often relies on the use of a walking stick.

The buoyancy provided by setting the water depth at waist height has the effect of reducing his body weight by 50%. This lightens the load on his painful arthritic joints allowing him to walk in comfort. The warm temperature also helps with pain reduction providing an increased range of motion. Denzil finishes his treatments with 15 minutes in the warm water of the WELLBEING pool, stretching and relaxing muscles with massage jets.

A cardiovascular workout for patients like Denzil is essential for their overall health. He has reported that he now experiences less pain and feels 90% better. The treatment has also resulted in an added psychological benefit that Denzil now believes long-term improved mobility is a possibility.

Arthritis in Hips and Knees - Margaret

Objective

To manage arthritis and keep well.

Background

Margaret was suffering with chronic arthritis in her hip and both knees, which resulted in severe mobility problems. She experienced constant pain and her quality of life was affected significantly.

Programme

  • Duration: 20 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 0.8 to 1.3kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1000mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Advantages and Outcomes

Due to chronic arthritis, Margaret came to us with walking difficulties, dragging her legs as she mobilised. She loved shopping but, as her situation deteriorated, she needed to stop and rest every 15 minutes.

Her physical condition was having a negative impact on her quality of life, which was affecting her psychologically too. Margaret's underwater treadmill sessions enabled her to walk without pain and enjoy all the benefits of exercise.

Margaret's condition has improved a great deal and she is now able to manage a couple of hours in a shopping centre. To manage her arthritis and keep well, Margaret has opted to keep going with her sessions.

Osteoarthritis and Knee Replacements - Neil

Objective

To minimise and effectively manage the symptoms of arthritis and double knee replacement surgery.

Background

Neil suffers with osteoarthritis in his spine, hands and shoulder joints. As well as this, he has had both knees replaced which means exercise can be uncomfortable and painful for him.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.0 to 5.0kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and reverse
  • Number of Sessions: 10

Advantages and Outcomes

Although Neil is reasonably fit the effects of his condition and knee replacement surgery has meant that exercise is difficult. This can prevent him from maintaining the active lifestyle he enjoys.

It was recommended that Neil should undertake a programme of aquatic therapy to effectively manage his symptoms and pain. Using the HYDRO PHYSIO treadmill and WELLBEING pool allows him to keep fit and maintain a healthy weight, without pain or further damage to his joints.

The aquatic therapy treatment helps to reduce swelling and inflammation around his joints, whilst also promoting a greater range of movement, increased strength and an improved overall mood.

Arthritis and Improving Overall Health - David

Objective

Managing pain and becoming healthier.

Background

An arthritic right hip and recovery from a broken ankle compounded David's weight problem and made exercise extremely difficult.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.0kph gradually increasing to 5.0kph
  • Depth: 1200mm reduced to 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and backwards
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Advantages and Outcomes

David had broken his ankle eight months previously and also suffered from an arthritic hip, which meant that he was in constant back and ankle pain and found it difficult to exercise.

Already overweight, David was looking for a low impact, pain-free way to reduce his weight and improve his overall health.

To begin with, David did just four minutes on the treadmill at a speed of 3.0kph with the water level at 1200mm, making it a comfortable and careful introduction to the programme.

Four sessions later, David was up to 30 minutes, at a speed of 5.0kph and the water level had been dropped to 1100mm, which reflected his enhanced fitness levels and significant progress. We've seen incredible results from David's programme as he's already lost 4 stone and reports that his ankle is 90% better and his back is 80% better.