Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy (acquatic physiotherapy) provides a warm, relaxed atmosphere for treating chronic and acute conditions.

The water temperature of 34°C provides the optimum temperature for muscle relaxation. This helps to decrease pain, increase range of movement and increase muscle activity. The buoyancy of the water enables movement to be either assisted or resisted and allows for more fluid movements.

The aim is to gain flexibility of joints, strengthen muscles and enhance core stability to restore or improve function. Patients are accompanied in the pool by a physiotherapist throughout their session. It is not necessary for patients to be able to swim or get their head wet in order to benefit from hydrotherapy.

Our specialised hydrotherapy pool provides the ideal environment for rehabilitation. Patients with a variety of conditions benefit, in particular orthopaedic pre and postoperative patients. Water also provides an excellent medium in which to increase patient confidence and motivation prior to embarking on dry land exercise.

Additional services in hydrotherapy

Some centres have introduced Aquanatal therapy sessions in the pool using the advantages of warm water to maintain and improve strength, agility and posture. The class also aims to improve pelvic floor muscle control, cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

Aqua Aerobics Classes uses the benefits of warm water to help posture, strengthen muscles, increase joint mobility and cardiovascular fitness. Each class lasts about one hour including a warm up and cool down session. You will work at your own level and it is a great way to improve your overall fitness whilst reducing the impact on your joints.

We also run "Splash Sessions" for patients who have been discharged from their formal physiotherapy but would like to continue having sessions in the pool under supervision.

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