Flotation Rings - Provide security
for flotation, for stretches and Bad Ragaz techniques. Great for
added buoyancy and UE/shoulder comfort in water (especially vertical
positioning in deep water).
Flotation Belts - Can be used
around the waist in deep or shallow water. Belts provide flotation
for vertical positioning but usually require the client to provide
correct alignment. They are often used for core stability in trunk
stabilization clients. With the clients in the supine position the
belt positions under and around the hips and can prevent excessive
rotation. With the client in the prone position it positions under
and around the pelvis and can prevent excessive lordotic curvature
Fillable Bar Bells - Can be
utilized for water resistance without water inside and for proprioceptive
work with water inside.
Buoyant Hand Bars - Provide
balance and stability for walking, upper body strength and abdominal
work. Get long and short styles, and small and big buoyancy pods.
Thirty-inch swim bars are good for sitting (on bar) exercises like
bicycling for hamstring or quad isolation, trunk stabilization exercises,
and for vertical stabilization exercises in the deep water.
Ankle Weights - Helps keep
CVA client's leg down for relearning balance and stability.
- A must for ankle rehab as they can be used to provide resistance
during most ankle motions. Used for gait training, ankle strengthening
and flexibility, and strengthening tibialis anterior for dorsiflexion.
Resistant Bands and Tubing
- Used for added resistance, strengthening, coordination challenges,
proprioceptive challenges for LEs by UE workouts (i.e. one leg stance
with alternating punches).
Kick Boards - Good for trunk
stabilization exercises, for isolation of LE exercise, and can serve
as a balance board.
Masks and snorkel (with removal
mouthpiece) - For neutral spine positioning during prone exercise
and Bad Ragaz/PNF techniques.
Gloves - Good for lower level
resistance for UE injuries and conditioning.
Noodles - For Jahara Technique,
LE conditioning, balance, and UE support.
Cervical Collars - Provide
neck comfort and neutral support for any supine exercises well as
minimize water flow to the patient's ears.
Various Therapeutic Waterwear
- Examples include flotation suit, shoes, neoprene vest, or specialty
suits. Provide stability, flotation, warmth and/or simple on and
off for clients.
Platforms - Provide comfort
and stability for adults and children in standing, seated and horizontal
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