Erin Kane has already been through a great deal in her young life.
The five year old suffered a series of strokes shortly after her birth that caused several health impairments—including cerebral palsy.
With limited land-based exercise and therapy options, Erin’s swim therapist suggested the family contact the ATI Foundation, as they searched for a way to make daily aquatic therapy a reality.
Ultimately, ATI partnered with a fellow Chicago-based foundation, the Mulliganeers, to raise support for Erin’s home Endless Pool.
An aquatic therapist now visits Erin every week at her home. “Whatever they work on with swim therapy,” said her mother, Kim Kane. “We’re able to follow through with daily.”
“In just six weeks of working in the pool, we have the carryover on land to hold her head up a few minutes at a time. That was only a dream prior to the pool.”
Water therapy in an Endless Pool has long provided a safe, controlled environment for low-impact physical activity. People with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and other conditions are able to improve muscle tone and coordination, while reducing stiffness.
“As a company, we realize the opportunity we have to make a difference for those like Erin,” said Endless Pools Director of Service, Darren Pearse. “Our pools provide a dynamic exercise environment in particular for those with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.”
While many physical therapists offer the benefit of aquatic therapy in their facility, the flexibility of an Endless Pool allows installation at home as well.
For Erin and her family, the convenience has made a huge difference and she lights up when she has the opportunity to use the pool.
“Her favorite activity is to go on her belly and kick against the current,” said Kim. “It was astounding the first time she laughed out loud when she saw the current.”
Her mother is grateful for the ability to help Erin make progress daily at home through her water exercises.
“Together with ATI Foundation and the Mulliganeers, it made our dreams come true.”
Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Endless Pools is excited to announce the launch of its brand new 10’ Exercise Spa, which hit the market this February.
Small enough to fit into a variety of tight spaces—indoors or outside—the Exercise Spa can feature an underwater treadmill to make it the ultimate spa for relaxation and exercise.
A hydrotherapy jet seat affords people the opportunity to unwind after a long day or relax after a satisfying workout.
While not equipped for swimming, the 10’ Exercise Spa is perfectly suited for all forms of water exercise and aquatic therapy.
Built with a single sheet of Lucite® acrylic with Microban®, and shipped complete with Permawood skirting, the newest 10’ Spa features integrated steps providing easy access.
“The Exercise Spa gives our customers yet another unique option for exercise and relaxation,” said Endless Pools founder and CEO James Murdock. “We are excited to expand our product line and offer such a great value to customers.”
An adjustable underwater treadmill with optional resistance jet can provide an ideal cardiovascular workout for rehabilitation from a variety of injuries and medical conditions.
People with back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia find that the low-stress environment of water offers an opportunity to increase strength and flexibility as well as decrease joint swelling and reduce pain.
In addition, triathletes and distance runners whose knees and joints take a pounding can enjoy low-impact running or walking in the water.
“The underwater treadmill is one our best features and can make a big difference for rehab or training,” said Murdock. “Alistair Brownlee, a triathlete who tore his Achilles six months before the Olympics, trained on a treadmill in an Endless Pool and went on to win the Gold Medal in London.”
“The treadmill truly works and we can’t wait for more people to experience the benefits of cardio workouts in the water.”
For those interested in a Swim Spa that combines exercise, relaxation and swimming, Endless Pools features 15’, 17’ and 19’ models, which provide additional versatility.
Endless Pools has manufactured its patented swim current for over 25 years, and the new line of Spas provide the best options available for swimming, entertaining and family fun.
ABOUT ENDLESS POOLS:
Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers in over 80 countries, and offers compact, customizable pools for swimming, water exercise, aquatic therapy, family fun and relaxation. With a series of six innovative products and an adjustable, revolutionary swim current, the product can be tailored for indoor or outdoor installation. Rigorously tested for safety, low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Aquatic therapy has become increasingly popular as awareness to the benefits of hydrotherapy versus traditional, land-based therapy come to light. Through products such as the Endless Pool, you can achieve unique results by harnessing the soothing, healing properties of water.
While land-based exercise is the more conventional choice, those who step inside a pool enjoy a variety of clear advantages that can decrease injury risk as well as offer alternative workouts.
It is important to remember that pools aren’t just for swimming. While many gain outstanding results from the ability to swim in their Endless Pool, aquatic therapy can meet the needs of swimmers and non-swimmers alike.
Here are five distinct benefits to water exercise that you can achieve with the assistance of an Endless Pool.
Buoyancy: Depending on water depth, body weight can be reduced up to 90%, greatly reducing joint stress and pain you may experience outside the water. While gravity can make land exercise daunting or even impossible for some, the buoyancy—or upward force—of water will support you and provide an ideal, low-impact workout setting.
Resistance: Water will naturally put up a fight and resist movement, providing you with a strenuous workout. Endless Pools also offer swim current and hydrotherapy jet options that enhance resistance. Rather than deal with heavy weights and complicated machines outside of the pool, utilize the natural resistance of water to strengthen your muscles in a safer, more versatile environment.
Range of Motion: The warmth (Endless Pools can be heated up to 90 degrees) of water can enhance your therapy, relaxing your muscles and increasing blood flow to your muscles and joints, providing you the opportunity to improve your flexibility. Develop a greater range of motion to maintain your ability to complete everyday tasks.
Options: Break free from the limitations of land exercise. Inside an Endless Pool you can swim, run, jog, walk, stretch, work on balance, practice aerobics, and more. The freedom of a low-impact, low-stress, safe environment will allow you to rehabilitate, train, exercise and regenerate your body.
Fun: Ever wonder what it would be like to look forward to your exercise routine? Swimming, running, walking, stretching—any type of exercise in the pool takes on a unique, fresh feel when immersed in water. In the crystal clear, soothing water of an Endless Pool, you’ll enjoy your workout and feel good about yourself as you work toward your goals.
ABOUT ENDLESS POOLS:
Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 18,000 customers in over 80 countries, and offers compact, customizable pools for indoor or outdoor use. With a series of six innovative products and an adjustable, revolutionary swim current, the product can be tailored for rehab, competitive training, or family fun. Low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.
For more information, visit www.endlesspools.com or contact Rob Shaeffer at 610-497-8676.