Arthritis Studies

Chronic Arthritis - Denzil

Objective

To have mobility while in water and get a pain free workout.

Background

Denzil is a long term physiotherapy patient who is trying HYDRO PHYSIO to get a level of mobility into his life routine. On land he struggles to walk more than 100 metres.

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

Outcomes

The Lifestyle trainer allows him pain free exercise and a sense of personal achievement. ‘I haven’t walked so far in ten years! I’m so happy and don’t feel any pain. I can’t believe it’ Denzil said after his first session, with a look of amazement and satisfaction. 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. The sense of achievement in being able to exercise is a stimulant that builds confidence and gives a lot of happiness.

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

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

Minimise the symptoms of arthritis and two new knees.

Background

With two knee replacements and osteoarthritis in his spine, hands and shoulder joints.

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

Outcomes

Although reasonably fit, Neil suffers with arthritis in a number of joints. With two new knees and arthritis in his spine, hands and shoulder joints, he was keen to minimise symptoms and manage the condition effectively.

Neil's programme included underwater treadmill training and Wellness pool exercises.This combination provided the perfect way to keep fit and maintain a healthy weight, without pain or further damage to his joints. Swelling and inflammation were reduced. Improvement was seen with a greater range of movement, increased strength and improved 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

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.