Hydrotherapy entails whole body exercises that take place in our state of the art 34°C warm water pool. The warm temperature of the water allows
your muscles to relax and eases the pain and stiffness, making it easier to exercise. Hydrotherapy can relieve painful joints, increase the range of movement in your joints and improve your muscle strength.
The power resistance water jets provide resistance for a range of motion exercises, improving the patient’s cardiovascular stamina. The pool is easily accessible to suit all patients and can be accessed by patients in wheelchairs. It is also important to note that you do not have to be able to swim to benefit from aquatic therapy. Our hydrotherapy sessions are conducted by your choice of a chartered physiotherapist or a qualified Cardiac Aqua Exercise Specialist who are highly trained and experienced in hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy sessions take place on a one to one basis but can facilitate small group sessions if assessed it is safe to do so.
At Central Park Nursing Home, we use an Endless hydrotherapy pool from the United States that is fully equipped with laminar water current technology which your therapist uses to optimise the intensity of your workout. Endless Pools are used by the world's top physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers for rehabilitation and low-impact exercise.
Aquatic therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, orthopaedic injuries, paralysis, stroke rehabilitation and weight loss. Water's natural buoyancy allows people to move in water without the stress of land based exercises. This allows patients to:
- Increase flexibility and strengthen muscles
- Alleviate the symptoms of many medical conditions
- Improve balance and agility
- Decrease joint swelling and reduce pain
By utilizing the resistance current therapists can monitor a patient's progress and increase the levels of resistance as their progress improves. The current also helps develop strength and endurance.
Hydrotherapy is the safest and most progressive form of rehabilitation because it takes place in a gravity neutral environment, thus decreasing impact and trauma on weight bearing joints during rehabilitation. The simulated weightlessness allows treatment to begin earlier and more safely, allowing the water to accelerate the healing process.
All programmes are specifically tailored to the needs of each individual patient. Our therapy is goal orientated so the patient can achieve results in each session. This approach helps to ensure that the best possible water rehabilitation outcomes are attained.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy benefits and soothes the body in a number of ways. The low-impact nature of hydrotherapy makes it one of the most successful treatments for bones and muscles. Our heated hydrotherapy pool at Central Park Nursing Home is especially adept in arthritis treatment, in addition to helping relieve pain, strengthen muscles, improve balance and increase fitness generally. Arthritis can be an extremely painful ailment to live with. A major strength of hydrotherapy is to strengthen muscles and mobilise stiff joints, which provides lasting relief from arthritis and muscular injuries.
Key Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Patients start therapy earlier and recover faster
- Greatly reduces pain
- Decreases joint stress
- Increases strength and range of movement
- Improves balance and coordination
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Increases the patient's feeling of achievement even in the acute stages of rehabilitation
Who is Hydrotherapy For?
- Repetitive motion injury
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Back pain and shoulder pain
- Hip, knee, or ankle pain
- Brain or spinal cord injuries
- Bariatric care
- Prolonged inactivity/immobility
- Fibromyalgia and other rheumatoid conditions
- Neurological disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease
Our Hydrotherapy Sessions
- For your safety and comfort, sessions are conducted in a warm therapeutic pool with a temperature of 34°C.
- Direct assistance from a qualified therapist during your treatment.
- Assistance with washing and dressing is available if required.
- Treatment can be provided on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.
- Hydrotherapy can be used independently or to complement traditional land-based physiotherapy.
- You may use a personal flotation device.
- You do not have to be able to swim to benefit from this hydrotherapy treatment.