Hydrotherapy is a therapy programme utilising the properties of water, designed by a suitably qualified Physiotherapist specifically for an individual to improve function. Hydrotherapy should be carried out by appropriately trained personnel, in a purpose built and suitably heated aquatic therapy pool which we have at our disposal. The aim of hydrotherapy is to relieve pain, increase movement, strengthen muscles and reduce general tension.
Hydrotherapy is an integral part of rehabilitation and can be used solely, or in combination with, land based therapy; it will be complimentary and patient goal orientated. The warmth of the water and suppression of the sympathetic nervous system, combined with the reduction in the effect of gravity, give effective relief from pain and muscle spasm. Additionally the support and assistance offered by buoyancy ease the range of movement improving joint range and flexibility.
Other benefits of hydrotherapy:
- Reduction in oedema
- Improved circulation
- Improved strength and endurance
- Re-education of functional activities and balance coordination and posture
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Feeling of well-being
Hydrotherapy is a combination of the effect of immersion, technique and exercise.