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    • #23044
      Ally
      Keymaster

      Have you tried aquatic therapy? Because it takes place in water, which reduces the stress and pressure on the body, aquatic therapy is commonly recommended for exercise and rehabilitation. Studies have shown it to be particularly effective for people with early to mid-stage Parkinson’s disease, not to mention that spending time in the water can be refreshing, relaxing, and healing for both the body and the soul.

      Click here to listen to a flash briefing of a column by Jo Gambosi about her sister’s experience with aquatic therapy, and be sure to comment below if you have any personal insights to share. 🙂
    • #23816
      Lamar Cartwright
      Participant

      Very interesting! Thanks!

      • #23997
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Thanks, Lamar. 🙂 Have you tried aquatic therapy?

        • #24238
          Lamar Cartwright
          Participant

          No, never. But I’m eager to.

        • #24295
          Ally
          Keymaster

          If you do, please report back on your experience! 🙂

    • #24020
      Patricia McCormick
      Participant

      I’m currently going through aquatic therapy for SI Joint, low back and hip pain. My neurologist said it’s also good for PD. I really enjoy it. The resistance from the water allows me to get a better workout. I have some balance problems, so I use a pool noodle to walk across the pool (part of the warm up).

      • #24026
        Mary Beth Skylis
        Moderator

        Patricia, do you enjoy it more than other activities that you’ve tried?

      • #24054
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Thanks for sharing, Patricia. I have issues with SI joint pain, too. Are yours related to PD? Have you found the aquatic therapy to be helpful?

    • #24246
      Maynard
      Participant

      My wife, a PWP, fell in the kitchen. After 2 months in a rehab facility, she came home and aqua therapy was prescribed. It was the best thing for her to regain some mobility. She also has scoliosis and being weightless for an hour in the pool is very soothing for her. The facility was beautiful, and a trained therapist would be with her constantly. It was expensive, $400 per hour, and Medicare and insurance would only cover 2 sessions per week for eight weeks. We are considering self-pay, at least for a while.

      • #24248
        Ally
        Keymaster

        Hi Maynard, thanks for sharing. That’s a steep price to pay and it’s unfortunate that Medicare and insurance can’t cover more of the costs, but if it’s something that your wife finds really helpful then it’s worth it to pay out-of-pocket if you can. Was the facility/therapist/service recommended by your doctor?

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