Health Tips

Aquatic Physiotherapy

April 2, 2019

Exercise in warm water can be an excellent way to increase your mobility and muscle control, and ease the pain of musculoskeletal disorders.

There is scientific evidence that specific aquatic exercise can improve pain and function for people with knee osteoarthritis. It was found to help the early recovery of hip strength after hip or knee replacement surgery. One study found that water-based exercise led to significant change in balance and quality of life in women over 65 years with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Many conditions may benefit from exercise in water, including chronic pain, whether it is back or neck pain or any other muscle or joint problem.  In warm water, pain settles, the buoyancy factor reduces weight through the joints and movement becomes easier.

Specific exercises can be tailored to each person’s needs. These can be gradually progressed, perhaps to the point where the water can be used to add resistance to movement, and therefore strength and stability will further improve.

In some instances, just walking in water will be easier than walking on land, so a walking programme may be part of rehabilitation after injury.  Various flotation devices can be used to either assist or resist movement. This may include kickboards, noodles, neck and back supports, foam dumb-bells and more.

After an initial clinic consultation, we will devise a pool exercise programme, which will be gradually upgraded over several sessions. You may then be able to carry on independently with occasional reviews.

The pool is heated to 32 degrees, with easy access and regular water quality monitoring.

Please call us to discuss the possibility of aquatic physiotherapy for management of your health concerns.