Adult cerebral palsy water exercises designed to increase movement and muscle control

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted June 2, 2008


Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill are conducting a groundbreaking study involving adults with cerebral palsy. The use of water exercises which allow intense movements without straining already sore joints, are designed to help maintain and improve strength, mobility and independence as the adults age. Generally, there have been very few studies involving adults with cerebral palsy, who often regress after they turn 21 and no longer qualify for many programs funded by federal and state tax dollars.

The five year trial, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, follows adults with cerebral palsy through 12 weeks of intense water exercises. While in water up to the hips, only about 50% of the bodyweight must be supported, allowing participants to move their muscles more and do things they can’t otherwise do. This allows them to perform much more vigorous exercise than they can do outside of water.

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that is caused by an injury to the brain at or near the time of birth. It impacts motor control, balance and posture. While there are a number of programs designed to help children with cerebral palsy learn the skills and functions that can help them live a more independent life, little research has been done on adults.


In some cases, cerebral palsy is caused by a medical mistake at birth, which results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. The cerebral palsy attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent children and their famiies throughout the United States who may be entitled to compensation to help them obtain the treatment and support they will need throughout a lifetime with this disability.

If your child or family member has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you suspect that it may be caused by a medical mistake, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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