Watsu Approach for Stroke

Study: Watsu Approach for Improving Spasticity and Ambulatory Function in Hemiparetic Patients with Stroke

Watsu was found helpful in controlling spasticity and improving ambulatory function of the patients with hemiparesis.

By Chon SC, Oh DW, Shim JH. from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

This study reports the effect of Watsu as rehabilitation method for hemiparetic patients with stroke.

METHOD

Watsu consisted of 40 treatment sessions for 8 weeks, delivered underwater or at water surface level, it applied in three patients. Outcome measures included tools for assessing spasticity and ambulatory function.

RESULTS

All patients showed decreased scores in the TAS and RVGA after Watsu application.

CONCLUSIONS

Watsu was helpful in controlling spasticity and improving ambulatory function of the patients with hemiparesis.

STUDY LINK: PMID: 18823079 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]