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J Huntingtons Dis. 2014;3(1):5-11. doi: 10.3233/JHD-140010.

Aquatherapy for neurodegenerative disorders.

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Centre for Huntington Disease, UBC Hospital and The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics and Department of Medical Genetics, Child and Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Abstract

Aquatherapy is used for rehabilitation and exercise; water provides a challenging, yet safe exercise environment for many special populations. We have reviewed the use of aquatherapy programs in four neurodegenerative disorders: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington's disease. Results support the use of aquatherapy in Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, however further evidence is required to make specific recommendations in all of the aforementioned disorders.

KEYWORDS:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Chorea; Huntington; Huntington chorea; Huntington('s) disease; Lou Gehrig's disease; Multiple sclerosis; Parkinson; Parkinson('s) disease; aquatherapy; aquatic therapy; hydrotherapy; pool therapy

PMID:
25062761
DOI:
10.3233/JHD-140010
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