Aquatic Physiotherapy is Physiotherapy in the water. Treatment is in a pool heated to 33-35° with step and hoist access.
In the hydrotherapy pool, less stress is put on the joints. This enables pain-free movement to aid your rehabilitation.
Why is Hydrotherapy so therapeutic?
- The warm water helps muscles relax
- The pressure of the water reduces swelling in dependent limbs
- The buoyancy of the water aids movement
- The density of the water can provide resistance to help strengthen muscles
Like Physiotherapy, Aquatic Physiotherapy includes manual therapy, as well as rehabilitation exercises.
You don’t need to be able to swim to gain the benefits of Aquatic Physiotherapy. The water is shallow enough to stand up in. In fact I have treated many people who were not confident initially in the water but found they had such positive benefits from Aquatic Physiotherapy that they overcame their anxieties.
Aquatic Physiotherapy can be especially useful for patients who are in the early stages of recovery from ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and back surgery.
It is also very beneficial for patients with neurological disability (stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis).
Paediatric conditions- the water is a fantastic place for kids to have physiotherapy as they have little or no pain and the water provides support to their movement allowing a greater sense of achievement. The pool also feels like a playground to kids rather than a therapy room which can feel very medical and scary for children.
Other conditions that benefit from Hydrotherapy are:
back and neck pain
early sports rehabilitation
patients suffering from chronic or uncontrolled pain