What Is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is exercise in water that is heated to 330 — 350 C to help people regain or maintain physical function and strength. It also has positive psychological, physiological and social benefits.
Exercise in water (particularly warm water) is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways for people with ailments to exercise. Hydrotherapy is a safe and fun way for both young and old to exercise - whether it be for fitness or just wellbeing.
- Mobilises joints and strengthens muscles
- Improves general physical fitness, balance and co-ordination
- Promotes cardiovascular fitness
Why is the water 330-350 C?
The water is set at this steady temperature for:
- Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm
- Decreased pain due to warmth and the reductions in gravitational force
- Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance to movement in water compared to air
- Improvement in swelling due to hydrostatic pressure
- Enhanced balance and stabilization (the supportive properties of water give people time to react if they fall)
- Enable damaged joints to move more freely
- Improve circulation]
- Improved enjoyment and confidence
How does Hydrotherapy work?
The warmth increases circulation, reduces muscle spasm and helps to relieve pain. Patients do not need to be able to swim in order to benefit from Aquatic Physiotherapy. Aquatic Physiotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs. An aquatic program is often a stepping stone for patients to progress onto gym or land based exercise programs.