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So happy to share that I began Aquatic PT

itsjackieohiitsjackieoh Posts: 111
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I will have 2 sessions a week and one will include Watsu. Yesterday was my first day and it felt absolutely amazing to have a floating device hold me in the water and let my spine relax.The exercise felt great too, but I was sore last night!
I will do the best i can to describe what will be learning for posture and sitting. I don't think I remembered everything but here goes:
My new posture includes chin down, knees loose, tightening of my pelvic floor and shoulders relaxed. It will take awhile to learn but does feel a bit natural.
When I sit, I am essentially stacking my bones so that my pelvic organs "rest" in the pelvis and my pelvic floor muscle are again engaged.
I am just so glad about having this available to me. I have not been able to do my regular stretching for my chronic lumbar pain since July when I injured 3 thoracic discs. I have not been able to lay on the floor at all so this aquatic PT is great!
Take good care



  • Jackie that its working..After my stimulator trial again tomorrow Im going to ask my Specialist if I can start Hydrotherapy..
    I cant do normal physio so I hope I can do this..
    Well done, you inspire me even more to nag at my Dr to let me do it.
    Take care and please keep me updated as to your progress.
  • i love getting into the pool and the freedom it offers to us pain patients.. to become so free and pain free most of all is wonderful.. i hope you continue to enjoy and get the most out of your water therapy.. good luck to you!! keep us informed! Jenny :)
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  • Oh Jackie...this is SO exciting!! I cant wait to hear how it makes you feel in the future, please keep giving us updates :), and I am sorry that you were sore afterwards but this is sooo inspiring!!

  • yes, keep giving us updates! I start my initial consult next Thurs and will start in the water the following week,,,so we can be floating buddies! :) I will look forward to hearing how your outcome is. My doctor has been pushing this for over a year, but I could never afford it before. Now with SSD, it's my first priority!!! Oh, and I'm loving the 2nd priority too...the housekeeper every two weeks. That takes alot of strain off of hubby and makes me happy to see a clean house.
  • Hi Shelly! It is great to hear from you, I have thought of you so much lately and am so glad that you will be asking about this when your SCS is healed.
    Thanks for the words of encouragement as well Jenny, Polly and tarheelgirl.
    Jenny I am curious how long you have been or did aquatic therapy?

    So the dorkiness comes down to me trying too hard or something. I have to laugh at myself a little for trying to get all this down after one visit with my physical therapist.

    I have had 2 very high pain days, with thoracic pain that my medications are not covering.

    I think I need to start a thread in pain medication forum to get some feedback on my Pain Doctor's suggestion. He would like to see me try either compounding or methadone for my ER pain medication. I have to wait until after the holiday season though, because I will need to be seen once a week during the transition.

    Wishing everyone a day of less pain and more comfort...

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  • I only had 5 physio sessions with the PT and I had a little set back when I tried to do walking in the water in the deep end and kicked my legs up too high and I took my float belt off and hurt myself but I hope to get back into aquatherapy soon again. I have to get my PT to write down the exercises I can do by myself since I can only see her two more times this year and I want to get a disability membership for that pool.. It feels good to have so much freedom in the water! I hope you enjoy your time in the water. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • i sure know that great feeling from water
    and so glad you felt it jackie...
    yrs ago after my lumbar fusion i didnt do good with a few different pt's so i read up on water excersizes and did my own in water...my back and body was great...
    i am looking forward to getting back in this wk if my legs let up a little...
    the water is the only time i dont feel pain...
    its the getting out and trying to drive home hard for me...
    keep up the great work in water
    tc mary
    aka watergirl
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
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