Aqua Walking & Jogging for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The effects of aqua walking and aqua jogging program on physical function and fall efficacy in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis

By Jae-Hyun Lee from the Department of Health and Fitness Management & Eunsook Sung from the Department of Sports Rehabilitation, College of Health and Welfare, Woosong University, Daejeon, Korea | October 2015

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of 12-week aqua walking and jogging program on muscle function, ankle range of motion (ROM), balance and fell efficacy in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) patients.

Six patients (2 males, 4 females) with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) participated in aquatic exercise program 3 times per week with each session of 60 min (warming-up, aqua walking, aqua jogging and cool down) at 1 m. 20 cm.–1 m. 30 cm. deep pool.

Janda’s muscle function test, ankle range of motion (ROM), Berg balance scale (BBS) and fall efficacy scale (FES) were analyzed before and after the training intervention.

We found significant increases in balance, muscle function, ankle range of motion (ROM) and fall efficacy after training intervention.

In conclusion, aquatic exercise seems to affect physical function and fall efficacy positively in senior patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS).

 

Reference:
Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation 2015; 11(5): 272-275 , PDF linkPMID: 26535218

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