Aquatic therapy (hydrotherapy)

Physiotherapy in the water, used to aid recovery from surgery or injury.

Aquatic therapy, formerly known as hydrotherapy, is a form of physiotherapy treatment performed in a hydrotherapy pool which uses the properties of warm water kept between 34.5 – 35.5°C to benefit a wide range of conditions. Our hydrotherapy pool is located within the physiotherapy department and we offer a range of individual and group sessions.

Why consider aquatic therapy?

Due to the properties of water such as the warm temperature, hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy and resistance research has shown treatment in a hydrotherapy pool

  • improves circulation
  • reduces swelling
  • reduces pain and muscle spasm
  • reduces body weight therefore offloads joints and soft tissues whilst they are healing
  • is effective for strengthening muscles
  • is a safe environment for improving balance and co-ordination for clients

Who benefits from aquatic therapy?

  • Any client who wants to accelerate their rehabilitation post injury or surgery
  • Any client who finds it difficult to exercise or manage their condition on land
  • Any client who would benefit from reduced pain achieved by the effects on the nervous system from being immersed in warm water

Many musculoskeletal conditions benefit from aquatic therapy including, but not limited to;

  • Post orthopaedic injury or surgery
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Impaired balance disorders
  • Acute or chronic back pain
  • Chronic pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CRPS

Aquatic therapy sessions

Clients receive a full land-based assessment from a Physiotherapist before commencing treatment in the hydrotherapy pool.

Aquatic therapy treatments are 30 minutes with a qualified Aquatic Physiotherapist.

Self-management aquatic therapy sessions

Following a course of aquatic therapy treatment clients are able continue using the hydrotherapy pool for maintenance/improvements during self-management sessions. 

Aqua Classes

We run the following aquatic therapy classes:

  • Aqua Strength and Balance – a lower intensity class aimed at those who wish to improve their muscle strength, balance, general fitness and wellbeing
  • Aqua Hip to Toe – a class aimed at restoring strength to the hips, knees and ankles following an injury or surgery to any of these joints
  • Aqua Fit – a high intensity class suitable for anyone who wants to maintain or improve their cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength

Class times are as follows:

Aqua Strength and Balance - Wednesday 10.15-10.45am (please arrive at 10am)

Aqua Hip to Toe - Tuesday 1.15-1.45pm (please arrive at 1pm)

Aqua Fit - Wednesday 8.15-8.45am (please arrive at 8am)


  • Initial assessment: £20 (An initial assessment must be attended prior to commencing aqua classes to assess for suitability and ensure you are safe to exercise in the hydrotherapy pool)
  • Class prices: £16 per class for a 30 minute class
  • Package of 6 classes: £86
  • Package of 12 classes: £163

To book a class, or for more information, please call 020 8335 4646

All pre-screening sessions and classes must be booked as there is a maximum of five spaces per class. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you are changed and in the pool ready to start the class on time.

“Earlier this year I had a Total Knee Replacement at Spire St Anthony's. The day after my surgery I was taken by the Physiotherapist into the hydrotherapy pool. The whole experience was excellent. The changing rooms and entire area are spotless, the water is crystal clear and very warm and the Physiotherapists are very helpful and encouraging. I have been using the pool recently under the "self-management" programme, supervised by one of the Physiotherapy Assistant. I really look forward to my sessions and feel the benefit every time I use the pool.” April 2017

“Excellent! Katherine and Nicola are clearly highly skilled and knowledgeable. I feel great benefit from my hydro sessions.” February 2017

“Hydrotherapy has really helped my knee following surgery, looking forward to my next hydro session. New facilities are a real asset.” February 2017

“The Physiotherapist’s have been excellent and the exercises they have shown me have made a great difference to the mobility of my hip. I really enjoy hydrotherapy too!” June 2017

"Following my left hip replacement I have found the physiotherapy in the hydro pool has strengthened my hip much quicker and following each session my walking and balancing has greatly improved. The physio staff have been very helpful and encouraging. I think it is a great way to get over my hip replacement quickly even at my age of 85yrs!" January 2017.

Call us on 020 8335 4646

To book an appointment or for more information, contact our Physiotherapy and sports injuries department.

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