Hydrotherapy (sometimes called aquatic therapy) uses the principles of water to assist exercise and to alter exercise intensity. The water's buoyancy creates a weightless environment, allowing for a greater resistance of exercise than is achievable out of water. In addition, the increased temperature and hydrostatic pressure of water promote improved circulation, flexibility and decreased swelling.
Due to the buoyancy of the water, hydrotherapy allows many people to exercise, where they wouldn’t be able to out of water. This is because many movements are significantly easier to perform in water, than they would be out of water. The increased buoyancy delivers decreased gravitational force. This results in reduced stress on weight bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. As a result of these factors, Hydrotherapy is seen as the the most ideal form of treatment for those suffering from chronic pain and/or neuromuscular conditions.
Our hydrotherapy pool is heated to approximately 33 degrees Celsius. This enables patients to fully relax (in contrast to tensing up in cold water) promoting pain relief and encouraging circulation. The warmth of the water is crucial for improving muscle elasticity, via increasing muscle temperature. This enables muscles to be more easily stretched through exercises.