As is the case with many folks with compromised mobility, the pool is a happy, healing place for me. Below you will find a series of video YouTube shorts highlighting key exercises that my husband (a.k.a. Aquaman) and I do in our neighborhood pool three or four times a week.
Aqua therapy offers innumerable benefits for those of us with muscular dystrophy, in my case facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD). Pool work tones muscles, deepens breathing, and improves vocalization. Thanks to water buoyancy, I enjoy an improved range of motion, a welcomed degree of greater independence, and all the fun that comes with sharing time in the sun with friends.
Click the links below to view video YouTube shorts.
Whole Body Work
- 1. Extension/Flexion/Stabilization
- 2. Scapular Retraction
- 3. Backwards Walking
- 4. Batting the Ball
- 5. Water Angels
- 6. Water Walking
- 7. Jumping at the Bar
- 8. Backstroke from the Bar
Breath and Body Work
- 1. Hydration
Many thanks to Lindsay S., Josh M., Melissa T., Mark R., Maureen B., Pam S., and of course Aquaman (Lou C.).