Hydrotherapy

*Unfortunately, access to Hydrotherapy has been by Covid-19, please contact the office to find out if it is available in your area. Please note some of MOTIONrehab’s Robotic Rehabilitation Technologies can provide an alternative to Hydrotherapy/ Aquatic Physiotherapy *

Hydrotherapy sometimes referred to as Aquatic Physiotherapy is physiotherapy practised in warm water. The properties (buoyancy) of water mean that you can be de-weighted in the water providing an opportunity to move in ways not always possible on land. The water is typically 34ºC, allowing muscles to relax so that spasms or spasticity is reduced. It can also be helpful in easing the pain. Although it may seem relaxing you can receive a really good work out in the water and help mobilise stiff joints and strengthen weak muscles.

Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy can accelerate healing in neurological conditions and can provide a general sense of well-being. Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy is practised by a Chartered Physiotherapist who will be with you in the water at all times.

Water-based exercise is not right for everyone therefore before entering the pool everyone must undergo a dry-land assessment to assess suitability and identify the goals of the treatment.

  • Relief of pain
  • Relief of muscle spasm
  • Strengthening weak muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve posture and balance
  • Normalise muscle tone
  • Develop confidence
  • Relaxation
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness,
  • Improve respiratory function,
  • Reduce oedema,
  • Improve circulation,
  • Improve kidney function.

You do not need to be able to swim to attend hydrotherapy, however being confident in the water is helpful. Your physiotherapist will be with you in the water at all times and will guide you step by step during your first few sessions.

Unfortunately, Hydrotherapy is not right for everyone. During your initial assessment with the Physiotherapist, you will need to complete a screening questionnaire to make sure it is safe for you to participate in water based exercise. You are unlikely to be able to attend Hydrotherapy is you suffer with the following:

  • Open infected wounds
  • Vomiting/stomach upset/loose stools
  • High/low blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Infection
  • Incontinence
  • End stage renal failure
  • Shortness of breath at rest

Remember to bring a swimming costume and toiletries with you. We would also recommend bring a couple of towels or a towel and a robe to help keep you warm after exiting the pool.

MOTIONrehab has access to a number of pools across the region, however, the time and day of the week may be limited. Please contact the office to see what is available in your area.

For more information about Hydrotherapy or how MOTIONrehab can help you, please call the MOTIONrehab Customer Services Team on 0800 8600 138 or email [email protected]

 

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