Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises done in warm water, utilising buoyancy to both assist movement and build strength.
The pool is kept at a constant temperature of 35 degrees centigrade, which is much warmer than a normal swimming pool, and has variable depths up to 1.6 metres. We have a dedicated team of cleaners and technicians to ensure water quality and hygiene are maintained at the highest possible standards.
Scientific studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve strength and general fitness in people with various types of arthritis. The exercises are tailored to your individual needs, so you can start slowly and gradually build up your strength and flexibility.
The extra support that water provides allows you to move easier and do more exercise than normal, so your physiotherapist will advise and guide you with appropriate exercises. In general, hydrotherapy is one of the safest and most useful treatments for arthritis, back pain and following surgery. It can also be used before surgery to maintain fitness and build strength in preparation.
Hydrotherapy can help you in a number of different ways:
Hydrotherapy is beneficial regardless of how many of your joints are affected. It is used following joint replacement surgery especially for the hips and knees, or if you have back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis or osteoarthritis.
If you would like to learn more and see how hydrotherapy could benefit you, call one of our team and we would be happy to discuss your treatment at a time that suits you.
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