by: Peggy Bran

Revised from a Post to the Post-Polio-Med Email List With Permission


Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 07:55:49 -0700
From: Peggy Bran <peggybran@HOME.COM>
Subject: [PPM] pool/exercising

NOTE: you should consult a physician before
embarking on any exercise program.

The Post Polio Awareness & Support Society of British Columbia has a water exercise program which was designed specifically for polio survivors. We enlisted the assistance of a polio specialist, Dr. Allan Bass of Victoria, British Columbia, and two kinesiologists [kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement] . The program has been running twice a week for the past 5 years, all members are monitored by the kinesiologists and periodically reviewed by the physiatrist (polio doc).

The water should be 86 degrees fahrenheit (30 degrees celcius) minimum but no warmer than 89 degrees fahrenheit (31.66667 degrees celcius).

The exercises are comprised of upper and lower body exercises, floating on your back (for balance), walking in the pool, and when you get stronger some swimming.

Recommendation is that you do these exercises twice a week. Once you feel stronger and if you like to swim you can add swimming one lap every two weeks for a month, then one lap each exercise routine building as you go.

Floating - you can float around on your back for as long as you feel comfortable, this will assist in your balance and it is relaxing.

Please note that you are not likely to experience a great weight loss on this program as it is designed to increase our flexibility, balance and strength, it was not designed as a weight loss program although you may experience some weight loss.

I hope this helps.

Peggy Bran

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