Hydrotherapy for Neuromuscular disorders
Neuromuscular disorder (NMD) impairs the functioning of the muscles, either directly, being pathologies of the voluntary muscle, or indirectly, being pathologies of the peripheral nervous system or neuromuscular junctions. It affects the neuromuscular system and can cause problems with the nerves that control the muscles, the muscles themselves or the communication between nerves and muscles. These disorders can cause muscles to become weak and waste away. Some of the common symptoms of NMD are spasms, twitching, and pain.
Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are some of the examples of NMD.
Aquatic physiotherapy (hydrotherapy) plays a key role in treatment and management of NMD.
The main benefits include:
- the weight of the water provides a sense of freedom and aids in improving range of movements.
- the increased temperature of the water of a hydrotherapy pool helps with muscle relaxation and alleviation of pain.
- the resistance provided by the water helps with exercises that strengthen the muscles, leading to improved flexibility.
- water buoyancy acts to support the limbs and the body, reducing the effects of gravity. This helps with improving joint health, aids joint rehabilitation exercises and removes any fear of falling.
Hydrotherapy treatment plays vital role for many people with muscle-wasting conditions. It helps many people to manage their condition, maintain function as long as possible and improve their quality of life. Our physiotherapist will undertake a thorough assessment with you and devise a personalised programme that meets your specific needs and maximise the benefits of aquatic physiotherapy.