Hydrotherapy provides valuable support for all those who have problems with joints and muscles as well as neurological conditions. The water will be kept at approximately 33 degrees, which allows muscle relaxation and maintenance of body temperature. The pool has been designed to ensure the comfort, safety and dignity of each user. The pool can be entered directly from the changing rooms using overhead hoisting.
There will be a pool-side therapy room for physiotherapy assessment and treatment, making use of the muscle relaxation and increased joint movement achieved in the hydrotherapy pool.
Benefits of hydrotherapy
- buoyancy of water supports weak muscles
- warmth enhances exibility and range of motion
- support in the water reduces muscle spasm and pain
- hydrotherapy helps with the re-education of balance, co-ordination, core stability and posture
- freedom from aids or restrictive seating in a non-weight-bearing environment
Who benefits from hydrotherapy?
Children with the following conditions benefit from hydrotherapy:
- profound and multiple learning difficulties – allowing freedom and a change of environment for children with little or no voluntary movement, and also benefiting from the multi-sensory aspects of hydrotherapy
- cerebral palsy – relief of muscle spasm, increasing joint mobility and allowing more effective physiotherapy sessions after the pool time
- juvenile arthritis – control of pain and maintaining muscle strength and joint mobility
- muscular dystrophy – providing a non-weight-bearing environment that allows children to continue to exercise weakening muscles
- brain and spinal injury
Adults with the following conditions benefit from hydrotherapy:
- osteoarthritis – relief of pain before surgery and rehabilitation after joint replacements alongside physiotherapy
- rheumatoid arthritis – pain relief and maintaining a range of movement
- sports injury – physio sessions after hydrotherapy
- neurological conditions – people with motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and stroke
17-year-old Max has cerebral palsy and he usually gets around using a powered wheelchair. This is what he says about hydrotherapy:
“Most swimming pools are too cold for me. My muscles get even tighter and I can’t stretch my legs. I need help to get changed too. Now I am older I can’t really go into a changing room with my mum any more – or easily get from a changing room to the pool. A warm hydrotherapy pool with a changing room next to it lets me swim. I am raising money for the Chamwell Centre Swim Across the Moon sponsored swim now. And my muscles feel great.”