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Managing Oedema and Lymphoedema with Hydrotherapy

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Placing a patient in vertical immersion in water will result in a haemo-dynamic shift from an area with greater pressure to an area of lesser pressure. This shift can reduce oedema, lymphoedema, effusion and soft tissue and joint swelling, in both lower and upper extremities.

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When making an evidence-based case for any kind of physiotherapy intervention, sometimes it’s best to have incredibly low expectations. Although there are now a handful of outcome studies published each month on the power of the pool, there is certainly not a tsunami of irrefutable evidence showing the unequivocal superiority of aquatic therapy. The patient populations in most aquatic studies are just too small and this affects sizes needed to show statistical significance. That’s the bad news.

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Andrea Salzman
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992. Over the last two decades, she has held numerous prominent leadership roles in the physical therapy field, with a heavy emphasis on academic writing and administrative functions. Between 1995 and 1998, Salzman served as the Editor-in-Chief of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) journal. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. Between 2012 and the present, Salzman has written 12 physical therapy courses for Care2Learn, Relias Learning and reviewed over 100 other course offerings. Currently, Salzman continues in her writing, leadership and administrative roles at Aquatic Therapy University and 10K Health.
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Enoete Etuk
14 Sep 2021
very concise and easy reading. Thanks
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Sandra Pullom
02 May 2021
Very Informative even though only a quick resource can help with educating cancer patients that may experience Lymphodema.
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Sandra Hi
10 Jun 2021
Very informative!
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Dorothy Mogendi
31 May 2021
Excellent
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Ruth Curtis
21 May 2021
very interesting
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Geordie Carr
09 Feb 2021
Very interesting read. Demonstrates the benefits of hydrotherapy very well.
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Jade Higgins
20 Feb 2020
Very interesting topic
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Jessica Garner
13 Oct 2020
Good general introduction to hydrotherapy management for lymphodema. Good resources provided for ongoing EBP. Thank you.
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Danica Marie
04 May 2020
Great Read!
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Jane Trezise
06 Oct 2021
interesting
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