What is Hydrotherapy???
Hydrotherapy is the use of carrying out exercises as well as specific physiotherapy techniques in warm water. It can help relieve pain, relax you, help strengthen your muscles, it helps increase circulation and subsequently improve your overall function. This therapy also allows both children and adults who have limited mobility to maximize their limits within the water.
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Using hydrotherapy as part of your physiotherapy treatment have many positive benefits:
~ Help recover faster after surgery
~ Re-education and encouragement of normal movement
~ Allows standing in those who are unable to weight-bear out of the water (the buoyancy effect of water)
~ Improved walking technique, balance and coordination
~ A relaxing and calming experience while helping to reduce pain
~ Increased strength of weak muscles, range of movement in joints
~ Improved independence self-confidence and overall function
~ Improved circulation and aerobic fitness levels
~ Mobilizing and lengthening your muscles
~ Reduce the fear of falling
Hydrotherapy for Children
Hydrotherapy is becoming a more common treatment for children with different neurological and orthopaedic conditions, or post-surgery to enhance function and improve quality of life. There are several types of paediatric conditions that could benefit from Hydrotherapy including: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Dyspraxia and Down's Syndrome. Hydrotherapy for children seeks to achieve similar aims that are often apart of land-based programs. Hydrotherapy is used in combination with a land-based program to help ensure carry-over of functional skills. Hydrotherapy programs that are based for children normally aim to be a more fun and positive experience that enables the child to move in ways they can only experience in the pool. Larger floatation devices may be used to further support the child in the water as well as in some cases a parent is included in the therapy to help decrease paranoia and natural anxiety.