Aquatherapy for neurodegenerative disorders

J Huntingtons Dis. 2014;3(1):5-11. doi: 10.3233/JHD-140010.


Aquatherapy is used for rehabilitation and exercise; water provides a challenging, yet safe exercise environment for many special populations. We have reviewed the use of aquatherapy programs in four neurodegenerative disorders: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington's disease. Results support the use of aquatherapy in Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, however further evidence is required to make specific recommendations in all of the aforementioned disorders.

Keywords: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Chorea; Huntington; Huntington chorea; Huntington('s) disease; Lou Gehrig's disease; Multiple sclerosis; Parkinson; Parkinson('s) disease; aquatherapy; aquatic therapy; hydrotherapy; pool therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / rehabilitation
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Huntington Disease / rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy / methods*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / rehabilitation
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation
  • Resistance Training / methods
  • Treatment Outcome