Hydrotherapy offers a range of benefits for many conditions that our Physiotherapists treat.
Hydrotherapy (also known as aqua physiotherapy) has alleviated pain, inflammation, weakness, and stress for thousands of years.
Water movement has numerous physiological effects on the body, whether active, aided, or completely inert. Water's external pressure encourages venous return, which helps to condition the heart. Warmth and buoyancy in the water help alleviate muscle spasms while also supporting joints through movement, which has clear applications for frozen shoulder, high tone, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Buoyancy also reduces the effective body weight; hydrotherapy allows those who are unable to walk or who have difficulty maintaining balance to simulate land activities in a safe and supportive environment. As a bonus, water provides excellent resistance and strength training. The resistance is enhanced by moving a limb faster through the water or by increasing the surface area by using paddles.
Hydrotherapy can be used to achieve the following goals in general: