WHAT IS AQUATHERAPY?
Aquatherapy is a fantastic form of treatment with lots of medical and physical benefits. These include relief of pain and muscle spasm due to the warmth of the water helping to increase your blood circulation, and being able to continue to exercise even if you have an injury or have painful joints that would otherwise prevent you exercising on land.
The pool at Broadstone Physiotherapy is 5 x 3 metres with a depth you can safely walk around. It is heated to 35˚ C that’s 93˚ Fahrenheit (so it feels like getting into a warm bath) Sterilization of the pool is by Ultraviolet light with a very small amount of chlorine. So you will be unaware of any chlorine smell. There is level access though the normal entrance with easy steps to enter the pool or a hoist if steps are difficult.
YOUR FIRST AQUATHERAPY APPOINTMENT
We will need to assess you before you start Aquatherapy, so we are aware of your problems and any medication to plan a personal treatment program for you
This will take place in one of our treatment rooms and will take 15 to 30 minutes depending on your condition – this time will be discussed and planned when you book your appointment
Your treatment session in the pool will last 30 minutes
WILL IT INCREASE MY JOINT MOVEMENT?
The water supports your body and limbs and enables you to move with less effort and greater freedom than on land – this is particularly important if you are injured.
HOW WILL IT HELP STRENGTHEN MY WEAK OR INJURED MUSCLES AND PREVENT MUSCLE WASTING?
Your blood warms from the raised temperature of the water and when this reaches your muscles it causes their temperature to rise. When muscles are warm they contract more easily and efficiently. This in turn means you can build up the strength and endurance of your muscles without them becoming so fatigued
WILL IT MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE MY BALANCE, WALKING AND STANDING?
Whether this is due to injury, pain, surgery or general age related deterioration, the water supports you, due to the buoyancy, enabling you to feel stable as you move. The properties of water, drag or turbulence, can also be utilised in more advanced rehabilitation work to provide an environment that challenges stability
HOW DOES IT HELP NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS?
By reducing muscle tone through the warmth and provision of total body support in the water enabling a much increased freedom of movement and confidence.
WHEN YOU COME FOR AQUATHERAPY
- Do not use body lotion or cream on the day of your treatment
- Bring your own towel, costume, and shower gel
- Allow plenty of time for changing – you MUST remove your shoes BEFORE entering the Pool area
- Leave any valuables, mobiles and unnecessary bags at home
- If you need help with changing your carer is very welcome to come along
- Bring medication for angina or asthma with you
- If you have a foot infection then please wear swim socks
BEFORE ENTERING THE POOL
Shower before going in – a full naked wash reduces our chemical usage by 40%
If you use a walking aid we will provide a walking frame or pool chair to use around the pool area for your safety – we have electric hoists for easy and comfortable transfer into the water
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE LET US KNOW BEFORE TREATMENT
- If you have been unwell
- If you have any open wounds
- If you have changed your medication
You should not attend if you have a raised temperature or feeling generally unwell.
In the unlikely event you need to cancel it is important to give us as much notice as possible so we can rebook your appointment for you.