What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a specific form of physiotherapy treatment conducted in a heated pool.  The pool is usually heated between 33 – 36 degrees Celsius.   The warmth of the water and buoyancy allows for greater comfort whilst exercising and often earlier return to function post injury,surgery or immobility.

It differs from aquarobics which can sometimes be quite strenuous.  Depending upon your condition and requirements, hydrotherapy generally involves slow, gentle, controlled movements.  Prior to attending a physiotherapist will assess you and formulate a specific treatment program appropriate to your needs.

What are the benefits of Hydrotherapy

  • Decrease pain and promote muscular relaxation
  • The buoyancy of the water supports the painful joints and the warmth of the water helps relax muscles
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • The resistance of the water and use of floatation devices can be used to gently and effectively strengthen muscles
  • Reduce swelling
  • Due to the hydrostatic pressure of the water and the ability to exercise and move in a way that may not be possible on land
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Improve fitness levels
  • A program can be designed to meet your specific needs no matter your level of fitness
  • Weight loss
  • If land based exercise is too painful or difficult, hydrotherapy allows you to exercise without impact on joints


Conditons that will benefit from hydrotherapy

  • Back pain/sciatica/instability
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Balance and co-ordination problems
  • Decreased mobility
  • Workplace injuries
  • Rehabilitation post fracture, joint replacement or surgery
  • ·Osteoporosis
  • Stroke

There are many other conditions that would benefit from hydrotherapy.  If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to call one of our qualified staff members to discuss.