Norwood Swim School

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

A fantastic team of physiotherapists use our facilities for their hydrotherapy clients.  Please click on any of the physiotherapists listed to enquire about times and costs for your rehabilitation program.

The pool temperature is a warm 31 degrees, ideal for doing recovery and rehabilitation exercises.  Participants must be able to use the ladder entry into the pool.  

Benefits of Water Rehabilitation

Water is an excellent environment for exercise, providing a supportive medium for movement. Gentle water exercises use the water's resistance to build muscle strength and flexibility.

Water exercise can be performed more easily by people who find lifting weights, or even weight bearing exercise, difficult or painful on dry land. Water also provides buoyancy and support for the body. Exercising in the pool allows greater range of motion without joint pain, or joint re-injury.

The warmer water of the pool induces vasodilation, which draws blood into the target tissues. The increased blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues while removing cell wastes. This helps promote faster healing of injured tissues. The warmth also decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and reduces swelling.

Water has unique properties that make performing therapy activities either easier or more challenging, depending on the need. These properties include:

Buoyancy (assistive, resistive, supportive) - reduces the majority of body weight on painful, injured or surgically repaired tissues, joints, and bones. This allows the patient to regain increased range of motion without the pain associated with full weight bearing. It also allows starting rehabilitation much sooner after injury or surgery.
Hydrostatic pressure - mild water pressure helps reduce localized edema following tissue injury. Supporting the body, water pressure also helps joint stability and reduces risk of injury from falls.
Resistance - varies by the force (velocity) of motion. Increased force against water produces more resistance, which increases muscle effort, thereby increasing muscle strength and tone. Initial rehabilitation involves light resistance, progressively increasing as muscles strengthen. Resistance can be gravity assisted or resisted, buoyancy assisted or resisted.