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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE

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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 December;53(6):944-52

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04570-1

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Efficacy of aquatic therapy for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review

Iluminada CORVILLO, Enrique VARELA , Francisco ARMIJO, Antonio ALVAREZ-BADILLO, Onica ARMIJO, Francisco MARAVER

Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, UCM Faculty of Medicine, Madrid, Spain


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INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, progressive, disabling autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Symptoms and signs of MS vary widely and patients may lose their ability to walk. To date the benefits of aquatic therapy often used for rehabilitation in MS patients have not been reviewed. The aim of this study was to systematically review the current state of aquatic treatment for persons with MS (hydrotherapy, aquatic therapy, aquatic exercises, spa therapy) and to evaluate the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of this therapeutic option.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The databases PubMed, Scopus, WoS and PEDro were searched to identify relevant reports published from January 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Of 306 articles identified, only 10 fulfilled the inclusion criteria: 5 randomized controlled, 2 simple randomized quasi-experimental, 1 semi-experimental, 1 blind controlled pilot and 1 pilot.
CONCLUSIONS: Evidence that aquatic treatment improves quality of life in affected patients was very good in two studies, good in four, fair in two and weak in two.


KEY WORDS: Multiple sclerosis - Hydrotherapy - Exercise - Exercise therapy

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Issue published online: December 12, 2017
Article first published online: February 17, 2017
Manuscript accepted: February 15, 2017
Manuscript revised: February 6, 2017
Manuscript received: November 17, 2016

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Corvillo I, Varela E, Armijo F, Alvarez-Badillo A, Armijo O, Maraver F. Efficacy of aquatic therapy for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 2017;53:944-52. DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04570-1

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evarelah@ucm.es