Scuba therapy restores paralyzed man’s motor functions


  • When David Lawrence was told by doctors that his son, David Jr., would never walk again, he strove to search for a therapy that would help his son face life as a quadriplegic.
  • The Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment triggered his interest, and so began designing a workout that would help bring back life to his son’s paralyzed body.
  • David Jr. is now in university and also works as a scuba mentor in his father’s scuba gym business.

When David Lawrence’s happy, healthy family was told the devastating news that his 11-year-old son David Jr. would never walk again, the devoted father turned to a therapy that would later restore his son’s motor functions.

As David Sr. was researching for other therapies seeing that his son would be facing life as a quadriplegic after doctors removed a life-threatening growth on his brain stem, he came across Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment.

Photo Credit: Lyndi Leggett/The Scuba Gym
Photo Credit: Lyndi Leggett/The Scuba Gym

This therapy sparked David Sr.’s interest especially since he had been a scuba diver for many years. He then began taking David Jr., who was outfitted in dive gear, to a local swimming pool for a new kind of exercise regime. So, that began David Jr.’s amazing progress.

Over time, the physical ‘workout’ designed by David Sr. along with his consistent encouragements that he could do it, has helped rewire David Jr.’s nervous system and brought back life to his once-paralyzed body.

Ten years later-David Jr. is now studying for his PhD at university. He also walks, runs, and works for his father’s business, The Scuba Gym, in Clermont, Florida. Rehabilitation became a family business after the rest of the family including his mom and two younger sisters joined them.

This true and inspiring story was what motivated scuba instructor and leadership trainer, Lyndi Leggett, to bring the scuba therapy to Australia.

So many people with disabilities and special neurological needs were helped by the therapy techniques developed by David Lawrence over the past 10 years. Scuba therapy improved their muscle tone and helped diminish pain and spasms, assisted them in standing up and walking with the help of a quad cane, and even advanced to walking unassisted. Additionally, lung function, lymphedema, and the lymphatic system were improved and boosted by scuba therapy.

Lyndi shared that oftentimes, they would hear from their clients at The Scuba Gym in Australia that their medical team had already exhausted everything that traditional rehabilitation could offer them. For people who have been told that there is no more hope left for them would take pioneers to really think outside the box to bring that back.

“We challenge and change the way healing and rehabilitation is approached and combining innovative thinking with a passion for scuba diving—because in an anti-gravity environment, where the restrictions of land don’t apply, we can achieve incredible things,” says Lyndi.

All it takes is the desire and commitment to work hard.


Source: Good News Network

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