Carroll et al. (2017) look into the benefits of using aquatic
therapy to help with the early stages of Parkinson’s syndrome. People diagnosed
with neurodegenerative disorders have a higher chance of falling due to gait
variability, an inconsistency with the distance of their steps. Physiotherapy
plays an important role in the prevention and rehabilitation of most diseases, the
research team focuses on aquatic therapy specifically, theorizing that, among
other things, would improve gait variability. The people chosen to take part in
the study had Parkinson’s disease and were granted permission by their
physiotherapists. To qualify, the patients had to be able to demonstrate that
they could walk ten meters on their own, and people who had problems that would
hinder them from participating were excluded. Before the intervention started,
the finalized Twenty-one participants (14 men and 7 women) went through a
couple of tests that would give the research its initial data, which included
the gait variability, quality of life, and freezing. The participants were
randomly separated into two groups, one that would continue with their regular
exercises while the others implemented aquatic therapy into their regimen. The
intervention would take six weeks, the patients assessed a week before and
after the experiment. The aquatic therapy would start with some warm-ups,
before being instructed to walk in a twelve-meter pool for minutes and another
water-based therapy with a ten-minute break in between. In the end, they found
no significant changes in gait variability with either group or really anything
they hypothesized except the improvement of motor disability. The team
concluding that the lack of time and the small number of people affected their
study the most. Fortunately, the aquatic therapy was overall very enjoyable for
the people who participate. In conclusion, aquatic therapy is a fun and safe
way for people with Parkinson’s disease to help with their motor disability.

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