Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center Dallas offers a supportive and encouraging environment for preventative programs and physical therapy services for individuals recovering from illness or surgery. Licensed physical therapists determine each patient's needs and develop a plan to integrate fitness activities and total health management with the goal of increasing overall function in the community and at home.
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Aquatics for Movement Disorders
The Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease Aquatic Exercise Program is designed to increase activity level, facilitate independent mobility and provide a support group for individuals with these diseases. Taught by fitness specialists, the classes are held in a heated (84 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) 4-foot deep pool. The pool features an entry ramp and water wheelchair for easy access.
Participants must meet the following criteria:
- A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or related disorder
- Independence in or minimal assistance required for ambulation, bathing and dressing
- Bowel and bladder control
- Signed clearance for exercise by the patient's physician on the Physician Information Form stating the length of class time and frequency with which the patient may attend classes and any specific restrictions which may apply
- Completed release for participation and payment of appropriate fees
Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic physical therapy is a progressive program that uses water to provide a reduced weight bearing environment for patients who have pain or whose exercise tolerance is limited on land. These patients particularly benefit from using water for the aerobic and flexibility components of their program. Patients may still participate in land-based strength training depending on their weight bearing and exercise tolerance. As the patient’s rehabilitation program progresses, they are gradually transitioned to land-based activities to increase tolerance for functional activities of daily living, return to sports or work, and independent exercise programs. Aquatic physical therapy is provided in the heated, salt water SwimEx® therapy pool. Swimming ability is not required.
Therapeutic features of the SwimEx pool:
- Weight bearing in measurable, graded sequence
- Laminar flow provides measurable resistance for stabilization and strengthening programs
- Deep water areas allow treatments of spinal distraction, graded cardiovascular programs, etc.
- Reduction of muscle atrophy & contracture during active healing phases by increasing exercise tolerance without disturbing the healing process
- Decreased joint compression, edema, and pain during exercise
- Speeds recovery, diminishes discomfort and helps prevent injury
From high level athletes to geriatrics, patients with the following conditions (but not limited to) may benefit from aquatic therapy:
- Spine surgery
- Total joint replacement
- Knee/Hip arthroscopy
- Knee reconstruction
- Shoulder surgery
- Sports related injury and repair
- Back pain
- Neurologic disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, CVA, spasticity)
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia
- Post cancer recovery
Cardiac rehabilitation is a progressive program with the goal of helping patients restore and maintain optimal health while helping to reduce the risk of future heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation sessions offer personalized exercise prescriptions, education and lifestyle-modification programs. As part of Texas Health Dallas, the cardiac rehabilitation program's multidisciplinary team is led by physicians on the medical staff. The program also includes cardiac rehabilitation nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and fitness specialists, as well as registered dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists and chaplains.
H2OPE Aquatic Pediatric Exercise
H2OPE is a fun, community outreach aquatic fitness program for children with special needs. H2OPE provides an alternative recreational activity to help meet physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs. The emphasis is on providing a safe, fun, non-competitive and successful experience to improve physical and mental health.
Children with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down's syndrome, developmental or cognitive delay and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from this aquatic exercise program. Classes are 40 minutes and meet from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call 817-649-SWIM or visit differentstrokesswimschool.com for more information.
Classes are held at the Indoor Pool. Enrollment is free, as the program is funded by Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center Dallas.
The personalized treatment plan focuses on increasing flexibility, strength, balance and activity tolerance, and decreasing pain. The spacious facilities and friendly, comfortable environment provide the right atmosphere for successful physical therapy. Physical therapy services require a physician referral and are available for members and nonmembers.
Pulmonary Physical Therapy
Pulmonary physical therapy is a multidisciplinary program in which breathing principles are emphasized during therapeutic exercise and functional activities. The goal of the therapy is to help stabilize or reduce the symptoms of pulmonary disease and improve the individual's quality of life. Oxygen saturation levels are monitored during therapy.
Better Breathers Club
The Better Breathers Club is a support group for people with COPD or other lung diseases, who often feel alone and isolated. COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The Better Breathers Clubs meets regularly for one to two hours to provide support, education and socialization to people with COPD or another chronic lung disease, their family members and/or caregivers. You will learn how to manage your condition, and take part in discussions and practice new skills. For more information, please contact 214-345-4683.
A physician's referral is required to begin treatment. To initiate the referral process or for more information, call 214-345-4367. Completed referral forms can be faxed to 214-345-8054. Registration and check in is at 5721 Phoenix Drive.