Physical treatment (Hydrotherapy) by individuals with and without dementia. Aquatic exercising. Part 1.

van de Rakt, Jan and Mccarthy-Grunwald, Steven ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) Physical treatment (Hydrotherapy) by individuals with and without dementia. Aquatic exercising. Part 1. Italian Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and Posturology, 9 (19).

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It still today “not done”, aquatic exercising with people with an neurological disease and especially people with an form of dementia.
Why not? Is it the amount of work to transport undress them and escort them in the water? Or is it the cost for all this work and the cost for the swimming pool? Or is there still an culture problem that elderly with or without an neurological disease cannot participate as others in an swimming pool? The interest of science in this kind of therapy is long standing on an low level. Mid years 50-60 of the
foreign century all rehabilitation centre must have an swimming pool and often more than that. Even Nursing homes were built with an pool inside, but when the sciences has discovery other things as robotica with an higher amount of cost, the positive elements of exercising in water were lost and swimming pools were closed. The great performance of an J.MacMillan to train disable girls in an swimming pool according the rules of water was introduced in several countries but now this knowledge and especially the skills are decreasing, an pity. The content of people with an neurological disease and especially dementia that have learn to swim is increasing and the possibilities for an better live, better quality , by exercising is growing. From science there are more investigations that discover that exercising in water has great benefit and that this is better than exercising on land. Conclusion .The investment in training in water has an significant influence on the quality of people
with neurological disease and also on people with dementia. The environment –water- makes movement normal, it push people to move and search for the best way to handle the up thrust. And it
give an aerobe boost that is essential to decrease the speed of dementia, certainly when is combined with cognitive games. Furthermore is has all kinds of anaerobe elements that can use to increase the balance performance of this people. Therefore why we don’t do it !!

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Italian Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and Posturology
Publisher: Societa Scientifica Riabilitazione e Posturologia dello Sport
ISSN: 2385-1988
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Sports and Physical Activity
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 15:39
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 10:31


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