Water exercises following stroke

Researchers in Germany reviewed the effects of water-based exercises on disability after stroke.

First, the details.

  • 4 studies involving 94 participants were included in this review.

And, the results.

  • There were significant improvements in activities of daily living and muscle strength.
    • These results should be interpreted with caution because the number of patients studied was small and based on single studies.
  • There was no improvement in ability to walk, postural balance, or fitness after water-based exercises treatment compared to control.
  • Adverse effects were not reported.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “There is a lack of hard evidence for water-based exercises after stroke.”

The National Stoke Association takes a different view. “Exercising in water provides many benefits for stroke survivors, regardless of their level of ability.” Their review of the benefits is here.

3/25/11 22:31 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.