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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.28 - 2011

Effects of practice exercises in water in patients with Parkinson's disease

Stan Elena Amelia
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Ecological University, Bucharest, Romania


Practiced in therapy purpose, swimming and aquatic activities associated with medication ensure neurological rehabilitation and osteoarticular and helps to delay disease progression and gives the person diagnosed with Parkinson's the chance of independent lives for a longer period of time. For persons in this category of disease, land exercises can be painful, dangerous or unpleasant. Physical therapy and hydrotherapy is an important therapeutic adjunct in restoring postural balance and in increasing cardiovascular capacity, flexibility and strength, while relaxing in the aquatic environment. Exercising in the water is unique, since it helps a person maintain balance and supports a persons weight while protecting joints from injury. Water offers constant but gentle resistance for the muscles. Exercising to enhance posture control, balance, and muscle function is an important part of the therapy used in the treatment of Parkinsons symptoms.. Aquatic activities can be made depending on the intensity of exercise and stage of disease. As the disease progresses, modifications and variations can be made to do exercises, but not without medication specific of each phase of the disease. Conclusions. Exercising to enhance posture control, balance, coordination and muscle function is one of the parts of the treatment of this disease.
Key words:

aquatic rehabilitation, Parkinson's disease.

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Effects of practice exercises in water in patients with Parkinson's disease

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