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Aquatic physiotherapy is also known as hydrotherapy.
The buoyancy of the water relieves the pressure on joints enabling people to move more freely. The heated water helps to relax muscles and has other physiological benefits, whilst the water can also be used to add resistance to movements to strengthen muscles.
- Fear of water
- Open wound
- Diarrohea and vomiting
- Uncontrolled epilepsy
The benefits of aquatic physiotherapy are:
- Increasing movement, balance and strength
- Weight bearing
- Improving walking patterns
- Improving Cardio-vascular fitness
- Reducing swelling
- Effective pain relief
Walking and exercising in a pool can be introduced early after an injury and can speed recovery, allowing people to adapt a more normal walking pattern whilst the water provides support, reducing the chances of developing an adapted gait pattern
It is not essential to be a strong swimmer, as you do not need to go out of your depth, but being comfortable in the water is necessary. Floats and other aids can be used to make people more confident or to add resistance when necessary.
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