Paraplegics show improvement under water

A STUDY in which US war veterans with spinal cord injury were trained to scuba dive has found the activity led to improved limb sensitivity and alleviated post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Ten wheelchair-bound men (with dive buddies) undertook the Cayman Islands based pilot program, which was detailed at the Paralyzed Veterans of America Conference this month.

Dr Adam Kaplin, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, cautioned the research was yet to be replicated and the durability of effect was unknown.

“[But] what we saw in the water strongly suggests there is some scuba-facilitated restoration of neurological and psychological function in paraplegics. It is very provocative,” he said in a statement.