Aquatic therapy, or hydrotherapy, is the use of water in the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions.
Specific exercises are performed in water, using water aids and floats to harness the effects of water resistance and buoyancy, making the exercises more or less challenging for the individual.
Aqua therapy can be used to improve range of movement, strength & flexibility and reduce symptoms of pain. It can also help to promote fitness, a sense of well-being and confidence. Whilst in water, the pressure through your joints is minimal. The effects of 'weightlessness' enables the individual to perform difficult land based exercises much more easily in water, leading to quicker results. This weightlessness also means aqua therapy is a useful tool for early rehabilitation exercises when the individual has a restricted weight bearing status or remains on walking aids as instructed by a Consultant.
Aqua therapy can be used to help treat a variety of conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatism, post-surgical intervention such as a total knee replacement, ACL repair, or shoulder surgery, general musculoskeletal injuries such as an acute ankle sprain, or spinal related injuries such as a disc prolapse or sciatica.
At A Step Ahead Physiotherapy we offer one to one, individually tailored hydrotherapy sessions.
Please contact the clinic for more details.