The physiotherapy team at Spire Roding Hospital now provides an extra treatment for their patients: aquatic therapy treatment sessions at a local pool. These take place on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm by appointment only.
Aquatic therapy is therapeutic water based rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatment for patients who are able to exercise in water.
When the body is in the swimming pool the water offers some buoyancy which means that there is a reduction in the body weight being held by the joints. This enables you to start exercising and strengthening in a way that is not possible outside of the pool, and can result in large advances in strength, endurance and ability both in and outside of the pool.
Aquatic therapy may be of benefit if you suffer from, or are recovering from:
- Back pain
- Rheumatoid conditions
- Recent orthopaedic surgery to your arms, spine or legs
- Recent fractures affecting your arms, spine or legs
- Muscle or ligament injuries
- Benefits of aquatic therapy
- Water pressure increases circulation and helps to reduce swelling
- Resistance of the water provides resistancefor strengthening weak muscles
- Water turbulence can activate coordination, balance and core stability muscles
- Buoyancy can assist in improving joint range of movement and aids stretching
- Aids rehabilitation and speeds up recovery
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Aquatic therapy available?
We run aquatic sessions on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm.
Where will the session take place?
In a private swimming pool near to Spire Roding Hospital. Directions will be given on booking.
Who else will be in the swimming pool?
At least one physiotherapist as well as up to 3 other patients. There will also be at least 1 pool side assistant.
How long does an Aquatic therapy session last?
Sessions last for 25 minutes.
What is the price per Aquatic therapy session?
25 minutes session costs £27.
Are changing facilities available?
Yes. Male and female changing rooms are available.
What should I wear?
Whilst you are in the pool you will wear your normal swimwear.
Will someone be able to help me to get in or out of the pool?
There is step access to the pool (3 steps). A physiotherapist will be able to guide you on how to enter and exit the pool. Your suitability to do this will be assessed before booking your first session of aquatic therapy.
Can I go in the pool if I have an open wound?
No. Please ask a physiotherapist in advance of booking if you are unsure.
Download our Aquatic Therapy leaflet