What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy involves carrying out exercises and specific physiotherapy techniques in warm water to help relieve pain, relax and strengthen muscles, increase circulation, and subsequently improve function. Hydrotherapy also allows adults and children who have limited mobility to maximise their mobility within the water.
At Physio.co.uk we can offer you different types of hydrotherapy depending on your symptoms. Our specialist physiotherapists will work with you to establish what your main goals of the treatment are to plan an effective hydrotherapy programme. Our physiotherapists will take time to demonstrate each exercise and ensure you are carrying out each one correctly.
- Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Conditions Helped by Hydrotherapy
- Hydrotherapy for Children
- Hydrotherapy for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Conditions
- Hydrotherapy for Chronic Pain
- Hydrotherapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Hydrotherapy for Neurological Conditions
- Hydrotherapy for Orthopaedic Conditions
- Our Facilities
How Hydrotherapy works
Water holds a number of physical characteristics that make hydrotherapy such an effective method of treatment:
- Heating effect – because the water is warmer than a normal swimming pool, this helps to relax your muscles and reduce any muscle spasm. The heat of the water also enhances circulation of blood round the body which is vital in speeding up the healing process.
- Sedative effect – the warm water produces an effect that blocks pain pathways to the brain acting as a pain reliever and making exercise feel easier than it normally is.
- Buoyancy effect – water supports the body, allowing it to float. This relieves stress on weight-bearing joints, allowing patients unable to weight bear the opportunity to do so without worry of further injury. Various pieces of apparatus may be used within the session for a variety of reasons, their use is also governed by the buoyancy effect – for example foam floats can be used in two ways; to help you stay up, and to provide resistance for you to push down against.
- Reduced gravitational forces – Reduced gravity allows movement of joints which may usually be limited as there is less resistance against them
- Resistance effect – water drag adds resistance and be used to strengthen your muscles.