Hydrotherapy is an intensive but safe form of controlled exercise carried out in a supervised environment. The use of water increases the range of joint movement, improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone. The warm water enhances the circulation of blood to the muscles thereby relaxing muscle spasms, reducing pain, inflammation and stiffness. The buoyancy of water reduces the pressure put on weight bearing joints, allowing easier movement and non-impact exercise. The water also provides a resistance to movement encouraging muscles to work harder than they would do on land.
Hydrotherapy has proved to be an extremely successful mode of treatment for many orthopaedic conditions, as well as promoting weight loss and general well-being.
Some of the conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy include:
• Pre and post-operative conditioning
• Hip/elbow dysplasia
• Chronic degenerative reticulomyelopathy (CDRM)
• Spinal injuries
• Post-fracture repair
• Neurological damage or impairment
• Cruciate ligament injuries
• Muscle strengthening, maintenance and restoration
• Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness
• Relaxation of muscle spasms
• Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.