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.
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
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.
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.
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