About Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy is a form of physiotherapy using warm water. The properties of the water allow muscles to relax and be stretched, eases pain, supports joints that need to be mobilised as well as allow muscles to be strengthened. Aquatic therapy provides a safe environment in which balance and co-ordination can be improved. It offers an all-round form of rehabilitation.
Aquatic therapy essentially uses the properties of water to facilitate recovery, for example:
Once in the water the body experiences buoyancy making you feel ‘light’. This takes a lot of the stress and strain out of your joints allowing exercises to be done more easily. It allows you to exercise and rehabilitate even if you are recovering from an injury or fracture.
The water temperature is maintained at approximately 34oC. This warm temperature allows muscles to relax and helps pain to ease.
The sheer volume of the water provides a pressure on your body, although you are not aware of this. The deeper the water the greater the hydrostatic pressure is on your body. This is very helpful if you have swollen joints.
Drag and turbulence
If you try to move quickly in the water it is hard work! By increasing the speed of any exercise or adding a flat glove, flipper or other equipment, exercises can increase the strength of your muscles.
What we treat?
- Many conditions benefit from aquatic therapy:
- Sports injuries
- Joint replacement surgery
- Post fracture or orthopaedic surgery
- Long-term conditions e.g. arthritis, ankylosing spondilytis, back pain etc
- Neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, post-neurosurgery, hemiplegia, paraplegia
Aquatic therapy also helps to maintain and improve general fitness and well-being.