Hydrotherapy is the practice of exercise in a pool heated to 32’-34’c. The objective of prescribing exercise in a hydrotherapy pool is to:
- Abolish gravity, allowing the body to float and amplify the power in the muscles, allowing greater range of motion in joints.
- Relax muscles and ease pain through the heat generated in the warm water.
- Provide a gentle resistance to exercises while maintaining support and buoyancy to your body weight.
Hydrotherapy can be beneficial for many injuries including:
- Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
- Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Rehabilitation following joint replacement
- Sciatica and back pain
- Rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery
Movement against gravity can be extremely painful for many injuries. Being submerged in water can help to diminish this pain due to the hydrodynamics providing support to the joints. The warm water allows an increase in range of motion of weakened joints, which increases the effectiveness of the exercises being performed for the injury.