What is Hydrotherapy:
Hydrotherapy combines the use of temperature and other facets of water within controlled environments for a wide range of therapeutic treatments from relieving back pain to assisting in the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological conditions i.e. Cerebral Palsy.
– Strengthens weak muscles.
– Reduces muscle spasms as a result of a disability or injury.
– Increases blood circulation thus reliving tension.
– Can improve sleep patterns.
Who can benefit:
This type of therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, however, the majority of patients who benefit have Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
Does Hydrotherapy work for Cerebral Palsy?
For many people with CP, mobility is very limited outside of the water meaning this type of therapy within a pool environment opens up a whole new range of movement, perhaps the ability to put weight through their feet. Depending upon the level of severity, floatation aids can also be used to assist in therapy.
Due to the temperature of the water (between 32 – 34 degrees), spasticity (one of the common symptoms of CP) is greatly reduced during treatment leading to vital pain relief for some.
Is this therapy for me?
If you are unsure if this is the therapy for you, watch the video below to see what a session involves:
Is Hydrotherapy available on the NHS?
Yes, the NHS are able to provide free sessions after an assessment by a qualified physiotherapist and most hospitals have direct access to therapy pools. More information can be found on your local NHS Trust website.
If you are willing to pay for private treatment, companies such as Exeter Physio have specialist physiotherapists on hand to tailor sessions to your exact requirements.
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