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Aquatic Therapy and Sleep During Pregnancy (Research Review)

May 31, 2019

*Aquatic Exercise improves sleep in pregnant women, both subjectively and in terms of latency, duration, and efficiency.

  •  Participants: 140 pregnant women aged 21-43 years, recruited at 12 weeks gestation.
  • Treatment: Women participated in aquatic therapy program from 20-37 weeks gestation. 
  • Outcomes included sleep quality which was evaluated in the 1st and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Questionnaire.
  • Results: In the Intervention Group, 44 of the women (65.67%) were classified as "poor sleepers" versus 62 women (92.54%) in the Control Group after completing the program.
  • Conclusions: The 'Water Exercise in Pregnancy' method improves the quality of sleep in pregnant women, both subjectively and in terms of latency, duration and efficiency

Rodriguez-Blanque, et al (2018). The influence of physical activity in water on sleep quality in pregnant women: A randomised trial. Women And Birth: Journal Of The Australian College Of Midwives, 31(1).

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Spring Clean for a Cause (entire month of March)

March 1, 2019

Ora Physiotherapy is hosting “Spring Clean for a Cause” in support of Days For Girls International. 

This non-profit organization is dedicated to giving girls and women health, dignity, and opportunity by providing access to sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. Volunteers at local chapters sew reusable, washable menstrual hygiene supplies. These, with appropriate health education, allow girls and women to attend school and work without interruption.

How can you help?

Throughout the month of March, Ora Physiotherapy will be collecting donations of items which will be used by the volunteers at local chapters to create feminine hygiene kits for distribution. The donated materials will be divided between the Days For Girls Chapters in Barrie and South Georgian Bay.

Here is what we are looking for:

  • Unused, 100% cotton or flannelette quilting fabric in       

    medium/dark, “stain-busting” prints to sew washable menstrual shields and liners

        o Flowers, botanical, batik and geometric prints are best

        o Please help us to be culturally-sensitive by avoiding animals, humans, 

          snakes, insects, military prints, national flags, “glamour”, cartoon, pop 

          culture, and text

        o No light-coloured fabrics which show stains

        o No bed sheets, as these are less durable

  • Unused 100% cotton wash cloths, in stain-busting colours/prints

  • Unused 100% cotton underwear in girls’ sizes 10-16, again stain- busting colours / prints

  • Hotel-sized bars of soap (no liquids)

  • Packages of gallon-size Ziplock freezer bags

  • Grosgrain or twill ribbon, 1/2” or 5/8”

Donations can be dropped off at Serenity Birth Studio or High St Chiropractic in Barrie during regular business hours throughout the month of March.



Did you know?

Without a solution to manage her monthly cycle, 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, 113 million adolescent girls in India, and 30% of girls in rural Brazil will miss school this year. Every day matters to her.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your sewing/crafting cupboard and purge unwanted supplies. Please join ‘Spring Clean for a Cause’ and help Ora Physiotherapy support Days for Girls International as they turn periods into pathways.

For more information about this organization, please visit www.daysforgirls.org.

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Aquatic Therapy and Parkinson's Disease (research review)​

December  2017

*Study demonstrates that people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) had significantly improved postural stability after aquatic physical therapy when compared to land-based therapy.

  • Participants: 11 patients with PD
  • Treatment: land-based PT or aquatic PT (45 min sessions x 4 weeks). Interventions were matched for exercise protocols (trunk, pelvis, lower extremities, upper extremities). Protocols focused on warm-up, trunk mobility, balance training-postural stability, task-oriented exercise (transferring & changing body positions).
  • Outcomes: measures of functional balance (Functional Reach Test), static balance (Berg Balance Scale), disease-specific functional impairments (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale), gait speed (5m walk test) and functional mobility (Timed up and Go).
  • Both therapies were effective at improving functional balance, but only the aquatic therapy group improved their static balance and disease-specific functional impairments.

Vivas J, Arias P, & Cudeiro J. (2011) Aquatic Therapy Vs. Conventional Land-Based Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease: An Open-Label Pilot Study. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, 92: 1202-10.

Aquatic Therapy and Stroke (research review)

December 2018

*Study demonstrates patients with stroke had significantly improved gait (walking) after trunk exercises in water.

  • Participants: 13 rehab patients with hemiplegia post stroke
  • Treatment: 4 weeks of aquatic therapy (trunk-specific exercise) (30 mins x 3 days/week) + regular neurological physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Outcomes included gait parameters (gait analysis) + EMG of abdominals/trunk muscles
  • Results: Some improvement in trunk muscle activation. Significant improvement in most gait parameters (gait speed, cycle, affected stance time and step-length, stance phase symmetry

Park et al. (2015). The effects of aquatic trunk exercise on gait and muscle activity in stroke patients: a randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 27, 3549-3553.

Aquatic Therapy, Pregnancy, and Bed Rest (research review)

January 14, 2019

Every year, about 1 in 4 pregnant women will be prescribed 'bed rest' or activity restriction for pregnancy complications (Maloni, 2010). Bed rest is also prescribed in the treatment of other pregnancy-related conditions. The intent of bed rest is to prevent further complications for the mother and the unborn baby; however, there is evidence that bed rest can have adverse effects including fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain, cardiovascular deconditioning, and prolonged postpartum recovery (Maloni & Park, 2005). A few studies have examined the benefits of exercise while immersed in water for pregnant women with no medical problems finding that maternal heart rate, blood pressure, core temperature, heat storage, and recovery fetal heart rate were lower during water exercise (Katz et al., 1988).

  • Participants: 40 women with high-risk pregnancies
  • Treatment: 21 remained on bed rest with no intervention, while 19 women participated in group aquatic exercise program (AEP), 3x/week for 1 hour at the hospital. The program included walking, leg lifts and resisted dumbbell work. 
  • Results: The women who received AEP had significant increased Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) and the length of gestation compared to the control group. 
  • Optimal length of gestation and AFI level reduce the risk of negative outcomes associated with preterm birth. The results of this study suggest that aquatic exercise as an intervention during high-risk pregnancy may have health benefits for the mother and her baby.

Sechrist DM et al., (2015) Physiological Effects of Aquatic Exercise in Pregnant Women on Bed Rest. Occup Ther Health Care, 29(3):330-9.