Aquatic Therapy (Hydrotherapy)

Aquatic Physiotherapy is a form of physiotherapy conducted in a heated pool, where the properties and benefits of water are utilized with the knowledge and skill of the physiotherapist to improve the outcome of the rehabilitation process.

Aquatic physiotherapy involves individual assessment, diagnosis and the use of clinical reasoning skills to formulate a treatment programme appropriate for the client. Reassessment is undertaken with outcome measures recorded in keeping with evidence-based practice.

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Some of the evidence-based therapeutic properties of exercising in warm water:
  • A decrease in pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • A decrease in muscle spasm, relaxation of muscles and increased flexibility
  • An increase in muscle strength and endurance
  • An improvement in circulation and reduction in swelling
  • Improved stability, balance and co-ordination
  • Improvement in general fitness
  • A general feeling of well being