........"After having spinal surgery in 2008 and starting a journey into the unknown world of paraplegia, the one sport that I enjoyed, swimming became a distant memory.
With physiotherapy, strong motivation and positive mind the path from a wheelchair to crutches slowly evolved. As I began gaining some muscle strength things started to improve.
But thanks to hydrotherapy and some wonderful tuition my dream of returning to the pool may soon become a reality again. Even the thought of getting into the pool was scary but after a little convincing I thought I would give it a go. Initially the sensation of the water affected my spasticity and I needed some hand holding and a few flotation devices to balance, but after just a few weeks I was able to let go of the poolside and actually take a few steps unaided. It was remarkable! With each session my confidence grew and I was able not only to walk but also squat and even walk backwards.
There are so many benefits to hydrotherapy to aid spasticity and stiffness. The heated water provides me with the buoyancy I need to relieve the muscle fatigue and pain. The water allows me to increase my muscle strength in a way that is not possible in the gym and the biggest advantage is the ability to regain some balance. The heated water relaxes your body and allows better circulation and flexibility. Now after only a few months I am starting the process of swimming with the aim of getting in a normal pool very soon.
I cannot sing the praises of hydrotherapy and swimming skills enough, why not give it a try and see what it can do for you??"......
To speak to Rob Wynn directly about his experience, please contact the office on 9906 7777. Peta Kilgour is an accredited swimming coach and runs swim skill training at Advance Rehab Centre for people with neurological conditions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. To make an appointment, please call the office on 9906 7777.