Walk in water positive therapy
SHE is wheelchair bound, but once a week Pat Ramalli stands unassisted and steps lightly like the lithe schoolgirl she once was.
It happens for 30 minutes in Warwick Physiotherapy Centre's hydrotherapy class, but for Mrs Ramalli it's enough.
The warm water therapy allows the osteoporosis sufferer, who also has spinal problems, to forget her pain and temporarily overcome her immobility.
“It's so liberating, I don't know why more people don't do these classes,” she said.
A long-time participant, she has been using hydrotherapy for seven years. The Rose City grandmother credits classes with improving flexibility and reducing pain.
“I am in a wheelchair, so this is the only time I stand straight and can move unassisted.”
She is one of dozens of Warwick residents who have utilised WPC's hydrotherapy classes since they started 12 years ago. The weekly classes benefit those with joint pain or immobility, recovering from surgery or an accident, or battling disabilities like cerebral palsy.
“When you can't move much and you get in the water, it gives you a very free feeling,” Mrs Ramalli said.
“I forget about being in a wheelchair for 30 minutes, which is pretty special.”