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Aquatic Therapy


What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic Therapy (also known as Aqua Physiotherapy) is the treatment of a wide range of conditions in a heated pool environment. It utilises the:

    • warmth of the water to relax muscles
    • buoyancy to assist or resist movement
    • weightlessness to decrease pain and stress on the joints
You do not need to be able to swim to benefit from Aquatic Therapy. Your head does not go under the water. If you are not confident in the water your feet can remain firmly on the bottom of the pool.

Which conditions will benefit?

Rehabilitation following surgery:

• Hip replacement

• Knee replacement

• Spinal surgery

• Shoulder surgery

• Ankle surgery

Spinal Conditions:

Acute or chronic back pain/post spinal surgery to improve core stability and assist to restore muscle strength

Mobilisation of stiff joints:

• Immobility following fracture healing

• Frozen shoulder

Sports Injuries:

• Soft tissue injuries; rehabilitation after injury

Arthritic Conditions:

• Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis

• Ankylosing Spondylitis

• Fibromyalgia

Neurological conditions:

• Strokes

• Brain injury

Is Aquatic Therapy like Aqua Aerobics?

No. Your physiotherapist is in the water with you mobilising joints, assisting, progressing and monitoring your exercises.

What happens now?

Contact our Physiotherapy Department requesting a consultation with a Physiotherapist. Initially, you will be assessed at the clinic to see whether Aquatic Therapy is the appropriate treatment, to discuss your individual requirements and plan your Aquatic Therapy programme. Aquatic Therapy can be used in combination with your physiotherapy.

For more information, please contact our Physiotherapy Department 

on 01279 602 632 

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