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Scuba diving may help paralyzed Vets with spinal injuries

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

There's preliminary evidence scuba diving may be useful for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Johns Hopkins researchers took a small group of paralyzed veterans scuba diving in the Caribbean. This is video from the trip.

After just a few days, the patients had significant improvements in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to touch and large reductions in post traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

While researchers admit, this could have been the result of a Caribbean vacation, but also say it's possible controlled-breathing and the effect of the weightlessness in deep water may have played a role.

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