What is Hydrotherapy?
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Aquatic Physiotherapy can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, develop balance and coordination, and improve general fitness.
What are the therapeutic benefits of Hydrotherapy & exercise in warm water?
Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm.
Decreased pain due to warmth and support.
Gravity is countered by buoyancy.
Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
Enhanced balance and stabilisation.
Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better.
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. The rehabilitation program can also include appropriate exercises to maintain fitness, while recovering from sports injuries or orthopaedic surgery.
Mobility can be improved with hydrotherapy because people are able to perform activities in the pool that they are unable to perform on dry land. With the appropriate progression of exercises these activities, such as walking or running, will be able to be performed outside the pool. The support of the water and the reduced fear of falling can aid mobility practice. Exercises against the resistance of water and dynamic exercises within the water can also improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination.
Hydrotherapy can be used to speed up the recovery of patients that are unable to weight-bear or can only partially weight-bear following surgery or injury, by increasing range of movement and maintaining muscle strength.
What conditions can Hydrotherapy benefit?
Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include:
Back pain/sciatica/ lumbar instability
Whiplash & other neck pain
Shoulder and arm pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
Parkinson’s Disease &stroke
Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
Work and accident related injuries
Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair
Aquatic Physiotherapy has been shown to bring pain relief, combined with long lasting improvements in joint mobility and muscle strength.
Note: - New studies show that hydrotherapy benefits patients rehabilitating from strokes, traumas, and other injuries as well as connective tissue diseases and asthma.
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