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Princess Alexandra Hospital’s (PAH) new paddle board therapy is making a splash with spinal injuries patients.
PAH Advanced Physiotherapist Emilie Gollan said the new physical therapy, introduced this month, was a great way for patients to build their strength and fitness while having fun.
“Our custom-made board is designed for people with spinal injuries who might not have the use of their stomach and back muscles, or legs,” she said.
“It’s more stable, has extra grip and padding, and has been designed to allow more arm and shoulder movement.”
Jordan Williams, the first patient who gave it a go, loved it so much he’s planning to start paddle boarding as a hobby.
“Having a spinal injury, there’s a lot of things you can’t do anymore. It’s nice when you’re told there’s something new you can do,” he said.
“It was fun to change up the normal hospital routine, and awesome to get in the water.
“There’s a lot of people around the world with disabilities who are excelling at paddle boarding so that’s really inspirational to me.”
Ms Gollan said paddle boarding would now be offered as both a physical therapy and leisure therapy to inpatients in the PAH Spinal Injuries Unit.