Physical Therapy – Expert Article on Pool Therapy

In this article, sports & recreation expert, Dr. Laura Miele-Pascoe describes the role that pool therapy played in her journey to recovery after undergoing back surgery.

Healing in the Pool: A Journey to the Ring After Back Surgery

Source: Swimming World Magazine

Post-Surgery Realization

In December of 2003, I underwent spinal surgery to correct two herniated discs and remove scar tissue from a surgery ten years prior. Thirteen weeks later, I had to fight in the semifinal of the Golden Gloves boxing tournament in New York City.

I am a natural competitor. I have participated in many high level competitive sports including NCAA Division I basketball, semi-pro football, Golden Glove amateur boxing. My journey from under the scalpel into the ring was one of the hardest bells that I had to ever answer in my athletic career, and it was only possible by building a carefully-crafted pool rehabilitation and an aqua training circuit.

As with many athletes, being confined to bed rest after my spinal surgery was not easy. Almost immediately, I began working to maintain my arm strength as I recovered. Lying in a bed with a back brace, I began exercising by throwing hundreds of punches using five-pound hand weights.

While I was anxious to get back on my feet to train for my upcoming fight, I had a plan in place. I would endure three weeks of near-complete bed rest apart from some arm exercises to facilitate the healing process. I knew after forcing myself to allow for healing, I could rehab early and intensely.

After three weeks of healing, I began working myself back to my feet. Even though I was prepared for leg weakness after surgery and bed rest, I was still shocked by how quickly I had lost the strength in my legs. I knew the only way I could rehabilitate myself back to strength for the Golden Gloves match was in the pool.

Read the entire article at Swimming World Magazine

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