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exploratory laparotomy at age 30

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Re: exploratory laparotomy at age 30
by Debbie Thorpe - Monday, July 25, 2022, 10:47 AM

Hi David

My name is Debbie Thorpe, PT, PhD.  I am a physical therapist that specializes in treating adults with CP in an aquatic environment.  With your loss of some balance and coordination, the water would be a perfect environment for you to work out. The constant pressure of the water on your abdominal wall will both support and strengthen your abdominal muscles when you work out in the water.  The aquatic environment is very forgiving of balance and coordination difficulties therefore is a very "safe" environment in which to work out. Also working out in high chest deep water or actually swimming will strengthen your diaphragm, increasing your breath support and in the long term, improve your endurance.

I hope this is helpful. Aquatic training also builds long, lean muscles which is what you want.

I would be happy to send you aquatic exercises. My email is