What are the proven benefits of hydrotherapy treatment?
Hydrotherapy has many benefits for people of all abilities, ages and fitness levels. Some of the proven benefits of the therapy are:
Hydrotherapy treatment can help with lots of different types of skeletomuscular pain, as the buoyancy of the water lowers the impact on joints when you move while the warm water allows your muscles to relax. It can also help you perform core exercises you can’t do on land to help reduce back or neck pain, due to the supportive environment of the water.
Pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery rehabilitation
Some operations (for example, joint or hip replacements) may benefit from pre-surgery exercises in a hydrotherapy pool to strengthen the muscles around the affected area. Hydrotherapy can also promote better recovery after surgery, and help to restore mobility and range of movement.
Perform therapeutic exercises that are difficult out of water
Exercising in a warm pool allows you to perform movements you may not ordinarily be able to do on land. People with arthritis, for example, experience pain and inflammation when they exercise on land. Moving in water allows their joints to move with minimal compression through them, giving them an opportunity to strengthen their bodies with less pain.
Improves muscle elasticity
Exercising in a warm water hydrotherapy pool allows your muscles to relax and reduces muscle spasms. This helps improve elasticity as your muscles can be stretched more easily – and with less pain – compared to exercising on land.
Improves muscle strength
The water in a hydrotherapy pool can provide resistance to moving your body. You can improve your muscle strength by pushing your arms and legs against the water, which helps build up your fitness.
Promotes circulation in the body
The hydrostatic pressure of water helps promote better circulation in the body. This means vital nutrients and oxygen can be supplied to the muscles in the rest of the body, promoting recovery and reducing swelling.
Safe exercise after injury or trauma
After a major injury or fall, most people are unable to move the affected area or bear weight on it for a significant length of time. Specialists may allow hydrotherapy sessions during this period, as a way to maintain fitness and build strength in a gentle and supportive environment.
Improve overall fitness and mental health
Hydrotherapy doesn’t just help build strength and mobility – it can also give people who experience health barriers to exercise an opportunity to get out of the house, have fun and improve their overall fitness and mental health.