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Carroll et al. (2017) look into the benefits of using aquatic therapy to help with the early stages of
Parkinson’s syndrome. People diagnosed with neurodegenerative disorders have a higher chance of
falling due to gait variability, an inconsistency with the distance of their steps. Physiotherapy plays an
important role in the prevention and rehabilitation of most diseases, The research team focuses on aquatic
therapy specifically, theorizing that, among other things, would improve gait variability. The people
chosen to take part in the study had Parkinson’s disease and were granted permission by their
physiotherapists.To qualify, the patients had to be able to demonstrate that they could walk ten meters on
their own, and people who had problems that would hinder them from participating were excluded.
Before the intervention started, the finalized Twenty-one participants (14 men and 7 women) went
through a couple of tests that would give the research its initial data, which included the gait variability,
quality of life, and freezing. The participants were randomly separated into two groups, one that would
continue with their regular exercises while the others implemented aquatic therapy into their regimen. The
intervention would take six weeks, the patients assessed a week before and after the experiment. The
aquatic therapy would start with some warm-ups, before being instructed to walk in a twelve-meter pool
for minutes and another water-based therapy with a ten-minute break in between. In the end, they found
no significant changes in gait variability with either group or really anything they hypothesized except the
improvement of motor disability. The team concluding that the lack of time and the small number of
people affected their study the most. Fortunately, the aquatic therapy was overall very enjoyable for the
people who participate. In conclusion, aquatic therapy is a fun and safe way for people with Parkinson’s
disease to help with their motor disability. 

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