Scuba diving may benefit those with spinal cord injuries. According
to new research it may help improve muscle movement, touch
sensitivity and post-traumatic stress disorder. The research study
included 10 veterans who had suffered spinal cord injuries
approximately 15 years earlier and use wheelchairs.
The veterans underwent scuba diving certification and among the
eight who completed the study, researchers found increases in
sensitivity to pin prick and light touch as well as an average 80
percent decrease in post-traumatic stress order symptoms.
“What we saw in the water strongly suggests there is some
scuba-facilitated restoration of neurological and psychological
function in paraplegics,” said study co-author Dr. Adam
Kaplin in a news release. Kaplin is an assistant professor of
psychiatry and behavioral services at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine in Baltimore and data was presented earlier this
fall at the Paralyzed Veterans of America conference
in Orlando, Fla. Read more...