Hydrotherapy and exercising in the pool

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, simply put is the use of water based exercise to help in pain relief and treatment. It is commonly used in Physiotherapy and even Occupational therapy as a part of treatment and strengthening programs.

We use the properties of water such as buoyancy and heat to help us in stimulating blood circulation and reducing the force through the body’s joints while exercising.

There are many different ways of using hydrotherapy, the most common one used in physiotherapy is heated pools. It is beneficial for joint pain and for those who are unable to exercise due to pain. The buoyance of water reduces the amount of pressure on the joint, plus the resistance provided by the water is a great way to tone the muscles and increase their strength. Water also stimulates the touch receptors.

Common conditions that can be helped by hydrotherapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiffness
  • Pregnancy
  • Rehabilitation after surgery such as ACL reconstruction.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

  • Decreasing pain
  • Increasing blood circulation thus increasing waste removal from the body
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Decreasing high blood pressure and improving heart function

Those that are not suitable for hydrotherapy:

  • Anyone with open wounds or unhealed wounds.
  • Skin disorders which are contagious
  • Any diseases which is contagious
  • People with unstable heart beats are not suitable for hot water treatment.

Remember to always take drink plenty of water before and after hydrotherapy, you do not realise it but you are working up a sweat in the pool and these fluids need to be replaced.

For a consultation or assessment to see if you are suitable for hydrotherapy, come down to Physio Savvy to see if hydrotherapy can work for you.

 

The water also offers resistance to movement, which helps build muscle strength.

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Karishma Jhaveri

Karishma Jhaveri

Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Karishma completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Manipal, India and has also completed Mulligan therapy certificaion. In Manipal Hospital, she worked for 3 years in clinical placement under several areas including diabetic clinic, pediatric wards, burns ICU and cardiac ICU. She then continued working in Mumbai under the President of Indian Association of physiotherapy Dr Ali Irani. Her work also includes health surveys in India for WHO in rural parts near Manipal, and she has taken a special interest in working with children.
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