Aquatic Therapy for Children & Adults

Hydrotherapy or Aquatic therapy is physiotherapy utilising the properties of water. This is carried out by a specialist chartered physiotherapist with post graduate training in aquatic therapy. Aquatic Therapy can be beneficial in a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, and rheumatological conditions. The specific benefits are listed below. In some conditions, aquatic therapy can accelerate the healing process. The buoyancy of the water unloads the weight of the body, reducing stress on joints and allowing freedom of movement. A physiotherapist will be with you at all times in the water. A physiotherapy programme will be established in collaboration with you.

There are many contraindications which include; unstable fractures, severe joint laxity/instability, joint inflammation, and active spinal cord compression/instability, debilitating systemic disease, active gastrointestinal disease, infectious disease and open wounds. A full physiotherapy assessment and details of past medical history will be required prior to commencing with pool sessions.

Benefits of Aquatic Rehabilitation

  • The water in the pool is approximately 34°C, which allows your muscles to relax, and easing any pain in your joints.
  • The buoyancy of the water unloads the weight of the body, reducing stress on joints and ligaments.
  • Maintain and improve balance, co-ordination, walking and posture whether this is due to injury, disease, surgery or pain.
  • Strengthening of weak or injured muscles. The buoyancy produced by the water can be used to assist or resist movement. When muscles are warm they contract easier and more efficiently.
  • Soft tissue injuries: We can use the resistance of water to rehabilitate and progress your exercises.
  • Prevention of muscle wasting while injured or pre/post-surgery. Many exercises can still be continued in water while injured that you cannot do in clinic.
  • Fractures: Being submerged in water will allow you to move the affected area and weight bear sooner than on land.
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery: You will be able to start moving earlier in the water.
  • Low back pain: The water can reduce your pain in order to move better which will help with your back problem and help you to regain strength which will improve posture also.
  • Joint replacements (Hip, Knee, Ankle): (before and after the operations) to help strengthen and regain movement in these joints.
  • Muscle pain and inflammation: The heat and the hydrostatic pressure of the water can help reduced pain and inflammation.
  • Neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and brain injuries: The water can be a great way to practice walking and improve and maintain balance and co-ordination.
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy can accelerate healing and provides a general sense of well-being.