Hydrotherapy is a type of physical therapy which utilises water to create a therapeutic environment.
Hydrotherapy is a part of medicine and alternative medicine, in particular with Physiotherapy. The difference between hydrotherapy and swimming or aqua aerobics is that hydrotherapy exercises are tailored by physiotherapists, and the water is much warmer than in a pool.
At Rehab Basics we offer personalised planned sessions as one to one session or a group session.
Hydrotherapy treatment can be progressed until you have reached your full potential. A client may wish to take land-based Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy in combination with one another OR one may choose hydrotherapy to assist with specific movement patterns, reduce spasticity and ease pain prior to progressing to land-based therapy.
Initial Assessment for Hydrotherapy
All clients have to undergo an Initial Assessment which is carried out by our Specialist Physiotherapists who are trained Hydrotherapists. The Initial Assessment takes place outside the pool. This assessment will establish your goals, treatment plans, physical and function ability, changing at the pool side, access to the pool and health and safety precautions for Hydrotherapy.
At Rehab Basics Hydrotherapy treatment is offered to manage a variety of health complaints including:
- Treat the symptoms of Neurological and Musculoskeletal conditions
- Relieve pain in joints The warmth of the water allows your muscles to relax and eases the pain in your joints, helping you to exercise
- Encourage freedom of movement. The water supports your weight, which helps to relieve pain and increase the range of movement of your joints.
- Improve flexibility. The water can be used to provide resistance to moving your joints.
- Improve endurance and strength. By pushing your arms and legs against the water, you can also improve your muscle strength.
- Reduce muscle contracture
- Re-educate functional activities
- Arthritis Hydrotherapy is beneficial regardless of how many of your joints are affected. It’s sometimes used if you’ve had joint replacement surgery or if you have back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it can be used for other types of arthritis. Hydrotherapy is beneficial regardless of how many of your joints are affected. It’s sometimes used if you’ve had joint replacement surgery.
- Sleep disorders
Hydrotherapy is a wide-reaching solution suitable for most types of medical conditions including MS, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, cerebral palsy, autism or people rehabilitating after accidents, strokes, surgery or sports accidents.
Some painful and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia are little understood and therefore have limited treatment options, but patients have found relief through hydrotherapy.
- Client’s ability to swim is not essential for Hydrotherapy treatment.
- Client’s head does not need to go under water.
- Client may remain seated on a chair in the water if need be.
- Client has to be accompanied with a carer or more than one carer depending on the need of client.
Treatment Sessions are offered in clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes or at Home Environment.
For further information about our Northampton hydrotherapy service or to book an appointment with Rehab Basics please contact us
Rehab Basics offers Treatment Sessions in Clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes OR at Home Environment.