Hydrotherapy is the use of water for therapy, rehabilitation, exercise, relaxation and more.
The unique properties of water, including the decreased effects of gravity, the effects of buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure are used by the physiotherapist along with their diagnostic skills, exercise knowledge and other treatment techniques to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of clients with a wide range of conditions and provide a unique environment to maintain health, well-being and fitness.
There are many benefits to hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy can decrease pain and swelling, increase function, strength and range of movement. It has been shown to improve mood and sleep in some, fitness and weight loss in others. It is also used for various post-operative conditions. Although it resembles swimming, it is different because it requires the individual to undertake different exercises in a warm pool of water. The water temperature in the pool is approximately 33–36ºC. This water is much warmer than what you will encounter in a normal swimming pool.