Hydrotherapy runs everyday but is open to our patients on Mondays, Tues a.m., Wed p.m., Thurs and Fri a.m. (It is open at other times but only for ALD and private sessions for babies and adults). Generally the sessions are for people with some form of mobility problem and are ideal for people with stiff joints with resulting weakness.
The small pool is heated to about 33 Celsius, has stairs into the pool (rather than ladder) and a bar around the pool to make exercising easier. The deepest depth is 4’6” and the shallowest is 4′. Patients are required to fill a screening form in order to use the pool as there are some contraindications. The duration is between 20-25 mins for the first session and 10 mins longer thereafter.
The heat and buoyancy make movement easier. Most people can do more in the pool than they can on dry land and can start cardio-vascular exercises, for instance, and mobility and strengthening exercises. The pool does not suit everyone, as the heat can be tiring and it is also easy to over-do exercising because of the effects of buoyancy.
Some come to the pool to try out specific exercises, e.g.spinal stretching exercises, and take these away so they can exercise in their local pool. Others attend a course of about 4-6 sessions with the aim of doing the exercises independently.