Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy, the rehabilitative exercise in water, is led by one of our specialist physiotherapists. 
There have been many studies into the benefits of hydrotherapy.  Studies have found hydrotherapy to be beneficial in the management of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including arthritis, sciatica, back pain, joint pains, muscular tears, strains and sprains, sports injury, chronic pain conditions (e.g. Fibromyalgia), stroke and neuro-muscular conditions and also post-surgery pain in joints.

It is often possible to begin hydrotherapy much sooner than ‘on land’ rehabilitation due to the anti- gravity effects of water buoyancy.   Hydrotherapy can also be provided to patients who are unable to swim.

The effects of hydrotherapy on the body

The warmth of the pool (around 33-36 degrees) encourages vasodilation, which refers to widening of the blood vessels. This increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Better circulation means more oxygen and nutrients necessary for healing are getting around the body.   This can assist with reducing inflammation and stiffness around joints.  Improved circulation can also have positive effects on metabolism such as promoting red and white blood cell production or decreasing blood sugar levels. The warm water also relaxes tense muscles and reduces pain levels. Mobility levels improve and the patient is able to exercise comfortably.

Hydrotherapy has many physical, psychological and social benefits.

Some of these benefits are explained in more detail here

We are one of the most promising outpatient centres for hydrotherapy and physiotherapy services in the UK. With our centre in London and near Essex, we provide hydrotherapy services to a vast number of patients suffering from regular muscular problems or sports injuries. We have an expert team of clinical specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists who have years of experience under their belt and can treat the most complex and painful problems, and help our patients get back to a healthy lifestyle.

Our hydrotherapy sessions are very effective in treating patients suffering from all types of muscle pain. Our hydrotherapy specialists use water as a healing agent just like the ancient Romans, Egyptians and almost every advanced civilisation used to do over the course of centuries, albeit with cutting edge exercise and therapy techniques.

The key factor behind using water in hydrotherapy is its special and effective properties. Water can store and pass on heat and energy. It can dissolve salts and minerals, absorb their qualities and it has a soothing and calming effect. It relaxes and de-stresses the mind. Among all the liquids, water has the highest specific heat count which makes it ideal for naturopathy or in this case, hydrotherapy.

In our hydrotherapy sessions, we help patients suffering from joint, muscle related problems or sports injuries to exercise in water. The buoyancy of the water supports their joints and muscles, which helps to relieve the regular stress on their joints. Our hydrotherapy experts can work with patients suffering from a variety of problems such as depression, headaches, arthritis, joint problems and even acne.

The advantage of hydrotherapy is that treatment can be customised to respond differently to different individuals. We modify the intensity of the aqua-based treatment based on the medical problem and the overall condition of the patient. Our hydrotherapy specialists work in tandem with the patient’s team of doctors and specialists. Being the outpatient rehabilitation centre located in London and close to Essex, we have links to specialists, consultants and local GP’s that allow us to offer the most comprehensive of services in the London area and in Essex.