Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy or aquatic physiotherapy, is the use of a warm water pool for the purpose of rehabilitation. By combining hands-on pool-based physiotherapy treatment techniques and specifically designed exercises, hydrotherapy can help restore physical function in a warm, relaxing environment.
Treatment should be supervised by physiotherapists with specific training in hydrotherapy, and performed in a heated pool to allow for increased range of motion while the water supports the body.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy and Therapeutic Exercise in a Heated Pool
- Improved joint range of movement
- Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm
- Decreased pain due to warmth and support
- Gravity is countered by buoyancy
- Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance water
- Improvement in swelling due to hydrostatic pressure
- Enhanced balance and stabilization
- Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better
Some Conditions That Benefit from an Individualized Program
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Post operative hip and knee joint replacement
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sports injuries
- Back pain/sciatica
At Propel Physiotherapy, we provide treatment in home and community pools depending on your location and convenience. We have established relationships with most of the therapeutic or warm water pools in the community and can facilitate access to them, as well as customize a hydrotherapy program to meet your needs.