Brain injuries can happen at any time- 2.4 million people sustain a brain injury every year. The leading causes of brain injuries are falls, motor vehicle crashes, struck by/against events, and assaults. Males are 1.5 times more likely than a females to sustain a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and the highest risk age groups are children 0-4 years old along with young adults ranging from 15-19 years old. Traumatic Brain Injuries have been found to commonly co-occur with Spinal Cord Injuries. What could happen in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges.
Simon Driver, an Associate Professor in Exercise and Sport Medicine who completed his PhD in Adapted Physical Activity at the University of Virginia conducted a study on sixteen brain injury patients where he assigned half to an aquatic fitness group and the other half to the controlled group. The half who were in the aquatic fitness group were found to have “a positive impact on the functional capacity of individuals in the exercise group as well as enhancing the individual’s ability to complete activities of daily living successfully. Results indicate that aquatic exercise may positively impact the primary and secondary physical injuries caused by a brain injury.”
The recovery from a brain or spinal injury can be a long, difficult, and expensive process. There is a substantial amount of clinical evidence showing aquatic therapy can improve that recovery time and patient outcomes. Aquatic therapy assists with two main components- movement and resistance. The water’s buoyancy allows for more movement than a patient may have elsewhere, and the resistance of water helps with building muscular strength. Spasticity is a common condition in patients with neurological injuries- it is a condition where certain muscles are continuously contracted. Cold water can heighten the effects of Spasticity, so warm water is recommended to increase patient comfort.
At Soak Hot Tubs & Endless Pools, our Fitness Systems range from a chilly 59 to a toasty 104 degrees. This temperature can be adjusted to your personal liking. We have several options of models that come with either a jetted swim system or the Endless Pools® Swim Machine. There are also options to add a treadmill, rowing system and a swim tether for more aquatic fitness. Whether a patient suffers from a brain, spinal, or other injury, aquatic fitness has proven to have positive benefits across the board and these units are a great way to get the therapy needed in your own space and at your own pace.
“I have survived traumatic injuries from auto accidents and swimming is the best exercise for me. I intend to live to be 100. My Endless pool is my exercise, my relaxation, my emotional battery charger!” ~ Barbara T., Chiloquin, OR
According to WebMD, there are foods you can eat for a healthier brain. If they are not items you usually incorporate into your diet we have included a few recipes to help.
- Blueberries – Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- Wild salmon- Teriyaki Salmon with a Spicy Chickpea Sweet Potato Puree
- Nuts and seeds – Flax & Sunflower Seed Bread
- Avocados- Stuffed Mushroom Guac Poppers
- Whole Grains- Baked Chicken with Apples & Barley
- Beans – Black Bean Brownies (I know what you’re thinking…these ingredients do NOT go together, but try it- they are delicious!)
- Pomegranate juice- 10 Minute Healthy Pomegranate Salad (Bonus- this recipe uses both Pomegranate juice and seeds!)
- Dark Chocolate- Yes!! No Recipe needed- eat it straight!
What else is happening in March?
March 22- World Water Day
Water is an item that we as Americans sometimes take for granted- we have enough to drink, bathe, and use for hydrotherapy or aquatic fitness. Soak would like to help those who do not have such luxuries by donating a portion of our March sales to The Water Project to support their efforts of improving health and wellness in Africa by providing clean water. For every spa sold during the month of March, Soak will donate the value of giving water to 2 people. If you would like to join us in donating to The Water Project Click Here.
March 30th- National Doctor’s Day
Doctors are the ringleaders of Wellness. In honor of our local doctors we would like to donate a portion of all Endless Pools® Fitness Systems sales during the month of March to Valley View Hospital’s Foundation. Donations to the foundation enhances patient and family rooms to support a healing environment and they help caregivers receive additional training and mentor-ship. From all of us here at Soak, Thank you Doctors!!