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Hydrotherapy in Northampton

Stroke | Parkinsons | MS | Spinal Injury | Brain Injury | Post Polio

What is Hydrotherapy / Aquatic Physiotherapy

Hydrotherapy, or Aquatic Physiotherapy, is physiotherapy practiced in warm water utilising the unique properties of the water specifically for an individual to maximise function, which can be physical, physiological or psychological.

The water in the hydrotherapy pool is approximately 34-35.5 degrees, allowing your muscles to relax and easing the pain in your joints.

The buoyancy of the water unloads the weight of the body, reducing stress on joints and allowing freedom of movement.


Benefits of Hydrotherapy

  • Relief of pain
  • Relief of muscle spasm
  • Strengthening weak muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve posture and balance
  • Normalise muscle tone
  • Develop confidence
  • Relaxation
  • Work on functional tasks sooner than on land
  • Physiological effects include- improve cardiovascular fitness, improve respiratory function, reduce oedema, improve circulation, improve renal function.

Hydrotherapy for Neurological Conditions

There is a huge sense of achievement and independence gained from aquatic physiotherapy and water immersion. There are significant benefits reported from our clients, as often neurological clients are able to perform activities in the pool that they are unable to perform on dry land.

In comparison with land-based physiotherapy, exercising in the water eliminates anxiety and fear of falling by providing postural support. This often enables improved relaxation and flexibility of the limbs.

As clients gain confidence, and for later stages of rehabilitation, the properties of drag and turbulence can be used to challenge stability further.

When is Hydrotherapy not appropriate

During your initial assessment with the Physiotherapist, you will complete a screening questionnaire. There are certain conditions that mean you may not able to have hydrotherapy.

These Include:

Open infected wounds | Vomiting/stomach upset/loose stools

High/low blood pressure | Shortness of breath at rest

Heart problems | Incontinence

End stage renal failure | Infection

What to Expect


If you are new to PhysioFunction, a land-based assessment is required to discuss your individual needs so that we can plan your session in the pool. You will also complete a screening form. This will also be the opportunity to address any specific precautions that need to be considered before commencing hydrotherapy, following your medical screening form.

Continued Treatment

After your initial assessment, all hydrotherapy appointments will last for 45 minutes. This will include getting in and out of the pool. The treatment will done on a 1-2-1 basis with your therapist where your treatment can be monitored and progressed where necessary. 

What will I need?

You will need to bring a swimming costume, a towel and shower gel. You may want to bring a dressing gown or additional towel, for warmth before and after your enter and exit the pool.


Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physiotherapy) with a Neurological Physiotherapist takes place at the Moulton Leisure Centre, Northampton, NN3 7QL

Kirsten Good, Neurological Physiotherapist & Accredited Aquatic Physiotherapist

Talks about the benefits of Hydrotherapy

We currently accept the following Private Medical Insurance