Friday, February 06, 2009

Why it's good to get wet - aqua therapy for people in pain.

I talk a lot about the need to move normally and to retrain the brain with the "ok" message. An excellent way to do this is with Aqua Therapy. I've started aqua aerobics again recently after my arthroscopy. I do what I can safely and always feel calm and relaxed after being in water.

Tony Tobin who owns the UK Yahoo Group RSD/CRPS World News Group http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/RSD-WorldNews/
is a great advocate for Aqua Therapy. He attributes it as playing a major part in helping his grand daughter go into remission from CRPS. Tony was interviewed on How to Cope with Pain website. http://www.howtocopewithpain.org/blog/93/how-pain-affects-families-a-grandfathers-story/
I encourage you to read his interview and join his news group. Tony is dedicated to posting the latest in RSD/CRPS News and especially research.

International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS has information on WATSU which is a combination of aqua therapy and gentle exercises. It also has a free video on "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in Children". This video does not mention the new brain science but does recognize as essential to have "normal use" of your body.

American RSDHope has a section explaining Aqua Therapy, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association (RSDSA) has an section on it's website answering questions about Aqua Therapy. Parc Promoting Awareness has a section on there website also. You'll find the links for these under CRPS/RSD related links to the left of this page.
For those getting this as an email post, you'll need to go to my blog and scroll down on the left of the blog to find the links.

Unfortunately the only link I was able to find on research about Aqua Therapy specifically for the treatment of CRPS was this link to the Clinical Journal of Pain. It's about the Short and Long term outcomes of
Children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 Treated with Exercise Therapy http://www.clinicalpain.com/pt/re/clnjpain/abstract.00002508-199909000-00009.htm;jsessionid=HVsDfydTSPF4Dwfjc8ylQNp80zNy7tqB53D3gcp5JG3LT7f7vRX3!-830841920!181195629!8091!-1

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