Adaptive hydrotherapy wetsuit

May 15, 2015, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Credit: Hong Kong PolyU

This user-operated adaptive hydrotherapy wetsuit is for people with limited mobility, in particular paraplegic patients and the elderly. As water can minimize the impact on patients' joints and muscles during conditioning exercises, hydrotherapy is recommended or users with limited mobility. However, hydrotherapy usually requires the involvement of at least two physiotherapists.

This invention enables the wearers to change between an and a supine position in water during hydrotherapy by self-operating the adjustable foam panels. The number of required physiotherapists can thus be reduced to one.

In addition, this wetsuit provides the wearers with maximum comfort through ergonomic design as well as skin-friendly fabrics and accessories.

Special Features and Advantages:

  • Slide/lock system for self-operation
  • Adjustable foam mechanism to change position from upright position to supine position during hydrotherapy


  • Paraplegic patients
  • The elderly with limited mobility

Explore further: Face-down position may be safer during radiation for breast cancer: study

Related Stories

Novel robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait

November 21, 2014

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required ...

Hip protector saves you when you slip

February 17, 2015

Are you well used to wearing studded shoes in winter? If so, you're probably ready for yet another step towards tackling the eternally icy winter streets.

Quenching the thirst for clean, safe water

April 29, 2015

It is estimated that one in nine people globally lack access to safe water. Michigan State University researchers are looking to fill that critical need and provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the ...

Engineers invent 'Smart Walkers' for elderly

June 25, 2010

( -- Cornell biomedical engineering students working with a Weill Cornell Medical College-affiliated psychiatrist have designed an electronic braking system for walkers.

Recommended for you

Late to the party, German carmakers join race against Tesla

September 23, 2018

After years watching Tesla's electric cars speed ahead while they have been on the defensive over an industry-wide diesel emissions scandal, German high-end manufacturers have finally unveiled their first challengers to the ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.