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.
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.
All patients showed decreased scores in the TAS and RVGA after Watsu application.
Watsu was helpful in controlling spasticity and improving ambulatory function of the patients with hemiparesis.