Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Ben Atchison
Dr. Diane Dirette
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study examined the effectiveness of using aquatic therapy (AT) as a technique in the treatment of cerebral vascular accidents (CVA). The unique properties of the aquatic environment were manipulated to determine change in range of motion, muscle tone, balance, functional ambulation, and psychological functioning particularly social relationship and positive and negative feelings.
A single subject design was conducted using two subjects that participated in a twelve week aquatic therapy program. Aquatic therapy showed to be effective in treating common symptoms of a CVA. More research needs to be completed to ensure the effectiveness of aquatic therapy in congruency with the stroke population. AT demonstrated to be a safe and productive treatment modality for the variables tested.
Tweedie, Heather L., "The Effectiveness of Aquatic Therapy with Persons Who Have Experienced a Cerebral Vascular Accident" (2005). Master's Theses. 4670.