Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Aquatic Physiotherapy can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, develop balance and coordination, and improve general fitness.¬†
What are the therapeutic benefits of Hydrotherapy & exercise in warm water?
¬†¬†¬† Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm.
¬†¬†¬† Decreased pain due to warmth and support.
¬†¬†¬† Gravity is countered by buoyancy.
¬†¬†¬† Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
¬†¬†¬† Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
¬†¬†¬† Enhanced balance and stabilisation.
¬†¬†¬† Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better.
How does Hydrotherapy work?
The warmth increases circulation, reduces muscle spasm, and helps to relieve pain. Patients do not need to be able to swim in order to benefit from Aquatic Physiotherapy. Aquatic Physiotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs. An aquatic program is often a stepping stone for patients to progress onto gym or land based exercise programs. The rehabilitation program can also include appropriate exercises to maintain fitness, while recovering from sports injuries or orthopaedic surgery.
What conditions can Hydrotherapy benefit?
Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include:
¬†¬†¬† Back pain/sciatica/ lumbar instability
¬†¬†¬† Whiplash & other neck pain
¬†¬†¬† Sports injuries
¬†¬†¬† Balance/coordination problems
¬†¬†¬† Shoulder and arm pain
¬†¬†¬† Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
¬†¬†¬† Ankylosing Spondylitis
¬†¬†¬† Parkinson‚Äôs Disease &stroke
¬†¬†¬† Cerebral Palsy
¬†¬†¬† Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
¬†¬†¬† Work and accident related injuries
¬†¬†¬† Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair
¬†Aquatic Physiotherapy has been shown to bring pain relief, combined with long lasting improvements in joint mobility and muscle strength.