Effects of Aquatic Pole Walking on the Reduction of Spastic Hypertonia in a Patient with Hemiplegia: A Case Study

  title={Effects of Aquatic Pole Walking on the Reduction of Spastic Hypertonia in a Patient with Hemiplegia: A Case Study},
  author={Hiroki Obata and Tetsuya Ogawa and Motonori Hoshino and Chiho Fukusaki and Yohei Masugi and H. Kobayashi and Hideo Yano and Kimitaka Nakazawa},
  journal={International Journal of Physical Medicine \& Rehabilitation},
Here we report an acute effect of aquatic pole walking (PW) training intervention on a 64-year-old male patient with chronic hemiparesis and symptoms of spasticity in the right lower limb. A comparison of over ground walking before and after 20 minutes of aquatic PW training revealed a significant improvement in gait performance. As a main result, the average speed of walking after the intervention was 0.16 m/s after the intervention as compared to 0.04 m/s in the initial condition. The time… 
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