Physiotherapist regularly use hydrotherapy to assist with treating their patients, and at PhysioMotion Limited we are no different. In this blog we will discuss the benefits of using hydrotherapy to help 4 different areas of Physiotherapy.
Firstly what is hydrotherapy? In regards to physiotherapy treatment it is using water to perform exercises to help improve movement and relieve pain typically in a warm pool, but you can attend your normal swimming pool as well.
What do we use it for at PhysioMotion Limited?
1.¬†Arthritic patients: Especially with large weight bearing joints, such as knees and hips it can be painful to exercise or mobilise. This is where hydrotherapy can be beneficial as the depth of water that you are submerged in can provide you with the ability to offload the joints in a weight bearing position. This makes it much easier to perform exercises to help with keeping your range of movement in the joints and muscle strength.
2.¬†Post surgery or injury: Either your consultant has restricted your weight bearing status or you are struggling with confident using your body part after surgery or injury. Hydrotherapy can be a great way to start your rehabilitation to avoid muscle wasting, increase your range of movement or challenge yourself in a safe environment.¬†With the varying depths of water you can offload your body from 25-100% to ensure you adhere to your consultants recommendation but with the water resistance and turbulence you can still work the muscles or use the buoyancy of the water to move joints through a wider range of movement than you are comfortable to perform on land. You can also start working on gait re-education which will not be possible on land if you have been advised to be on restricted weight bearing.
3.¬†Pain management: Pain is commonly associated with muscle tension which can be difficult to get rid of especially if also related to stress or brings on stress in regards to your symptoms. Therefore hydrotherapy can be helpful as one way of helping relieve your muscle tension by using the buoyancy of the water with floatation equipment to help you relax but also get your body moving in a non-weight bearing position. This can be less threatening way of moving your body bio-mechanically normally with the added bonus of warm water that naturally makes us more at ease.
4.¬†Falls prevention: Many people after sustaining a traumatic fall become very fearful of challenging their balance resulting in adaptive behaviours, such as wide stance when mobilising or furniture walking reduce the risk of falling again. Using a hydrotherapy with water at waist height can provide a safe environment for people to challenge their balance and narrow their stance when walking, as the water can provide support and slow down the process of falling. This provides you with more time to react and correct your balance, but it also challenge your balance more with the use of turbulence ¬†when you are feeling more confident.
In conclusion, hydrotherapy can help with a variety of ways when trying to get back to your normal self. So why not speak to us at PhysioMotion Limited to see how hydrotherapy could help you today.