Hydrotherapy is the use of water for whole body treatment that involves moving and exercising in a heated pool.
Hydrotherapy is a fantastic compliment to a land based physiotherapy programme for a wide range of conditions including (and not exclusive to):
- Hip and knee replacements (pre and post op)
- Back pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Poor circulation
- Muscle pain
- Neurological conditions
- Immobility and muscle weakness
- Reduced balance
There are 5 unique properties of water that are used in the hydrotherapy treatment process:
- Buoyancy – the upthrust forces of the water supports the weight of the body which helps with the movement of stiff, painful or weak joints. The buoyancy is especially helpful when normal walking is restricted or painful and the patient is unable to fully weight bear.
- Resistance – this can be used to improve strength of weak muscles or assist with reconditioning. Resistance along with buoyancy allows a patient to strengthen muscle groups with less joint stress which is not able to be achieved on land
- Warmth – this assists with muscle relaxation and pain relief which in turn will improve the range of movement of a joint.
- Hydrostatic pressure – the pressure of the water helps to reduce swelling which is particularly important after surgery or recent injury
- Turbulence – this assists with balance and coordination which typically is reduced after injury or illness.
What do you need to bring?
What can I expect from hydrotherapy?
Your physiotherapist will join you in the hydro pool. You will be able to enter via steps, a ramp and also by wheelchair. Based on your problems, limitations and goals, your physiotherapist will devise an individualised programme of exercises to complete in the pool.
To find out more and to book your hydrotherapy sessions, contact Silver Physio on 02036378988 or drop us an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org