Hydrotherapy (also known as Aquatic therapy) allows you to perform gentle exercise to help mobilise joints and strengthen muscles of the whole body with reduced pain levels by taking advantage of the warmth and buoyancy of the water.
The pool is a special shallow hydrotherapy pool with the water temperature between 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool.
Buoyancy reduces the weight bearing through your body between 50% and 90% depending on the depth of the water. This reduces strain and pressure on joints.
Please note this is not Aqua aerobics. It is not strenuous.
Hydrotherapy improves circulation (blood flow), relaxes muscles, can help to increase range of joint movement and to relieve pain.
It is important to note that you do not have to be able to swim to receive hydrotherapy treatment. The hydrotherapy pool is waist deep. So if you are comfortable in water which is waist deep then you may find that hydrotherapy can benefit you.
Access to the pool is by gentle steps. If you are unable to use steps there is a chair lift into the pool.
Which conditions can be treated with Hydrotherapy?
Many conditions can be aided by Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy can help many types of joint, muscle and nerve problems. It is particularly suitable and effective for arthritic and rheumatic conditions and following surgery (such as knee, hip and shoulder replacements) and following a fracture (broken bone) and for frozen shoulders. The effect of buoyancy makes it easy to mobilise early when full weight bearing is not advised.
Hydrotherapy is unique in that this treatment offers a great way of treating the whole body and in that respect can help improve general mobility. It can also be used to help improve your walking and balance after falls or surgery such as a knee or hip replacement.
Attending a Hydrotherapy treatment
Kate offers 1 to 1 hydrotherapy treatment. This means you will be the only one in the pool at treatment time.
If you have been referred or wish to receive hydrotherapy treatment, the following will apply to you.
Prior to starting hydrotherapy treatment you will be required to have a land based assessment at the Clinic in Natural Health for Kate to be able to assess your condition and check whether hydrotherapy will be appropriate and beneficial to you.
The initial assessment will be one hour long.
It involves a 15 to 20 minute talk about your injury including questions on your general health and relevant past medical history. This is followed by a physical assessment of your problem.
You will not enter the pool on this initial assessment. This initial assessment will include discussion of a treatment plan involving both pool and land based exercises, including suggestions of what you may be able to do to help yourself.
What to Wear
For the initial (land based) assessment you will be asked to undress appropriately. Depending on the area of the body to be assessed you may want to bring a pair of shorts and for woman a vest top, otherwise you will be asked to undress down to your underwear.
Subsequent hydrotherapy sessions will require you to bring swim wear and towel. There is a communal shower for you to rinse off afterwards. If you have any queries regarding this, please speak to Kate
Sessions are half an hour in the water. You will be asked to arrive half an hour early in order to undress, change and have a brief discussion with your physiotherapist.
Treatment in the pool will be specific to your needs and symptoms.
The treatment and exercise will be adjusted to help your pain levels, range of movement and strength.
For more information on hydrotherapy please call Kate directly on 07956 372891 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org