Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Therapy)

Here at South Yorkshire Physiotherapy Centre we are the only private physiotherapy clinic in the Barnsley area that offers Hydrotherapy. All sessions are carried out by a specialist Chartered Physiotherapist who has completed the world renowned Bath Hydrotherapy course and who has over 20 years’ experience of working in Hydrotherapy. Your therapist will use the properties of water to apply their knowledge of physical and physiological principles to best aid your recovery. This may mean that exercise can be made easier in water or the water can be utilised to increase the difficulty of exercises to improve muscle strength, balance etc.

What is Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Therapy)?

Hydrotherapy can be described as a pool therapy programme specifically designed for an individual to improve neuromuscular skeletal function, conducted by an appropriately qualified physiotherapist. This can be in the form of an individual treatment programme or in Hydrotherapy classes. Hydrotherapy involves specific exercises in water and is fundamentally different to aqua aerobics which is much more generalised and where clients needs are not assessed prior to their attendance. You do not have to be able to swim to benefit from Hydrotherapy as the exercises can be carried out at a depth that you feel comfortable. Your Chartered Physiotherapist remains in the water with you at all times to supervise your exercise programme.

Man receiving hydrotherapy treatment

The benefits of exercising in water are numerous and include :

  • Pain relief due to the warmth of the water.
  • Decreased muscle spasm.
  • Decreased weight bearing due to the buoyancy of the water.
  • Decreased swelling.
  • Increased cardiovascular (general) fitness.
  • Increased muscle strength due to the resistance of exercising in water.
  • Improved balance / proprioception.
  • Increased function in daily activities.
  • It’s great fun and provides motivation!

Hydrotherapy often allows clients to carry out rehabilitation weeks ahead of what they could manage on dry land. This can ultimately lead to a reduction in a clients recovery time from injury. Hydrotherapy can be just as effective in treating recent (acute) injuries, following surgery, and chronic (long term) conditions.

Hydrotherapy often offers a form of exercise to people who are unable to participate in exercise on dry land – particularly those with long term and neurological conditions.

Conditions that often respond well to Hydrotherapy include:

  • Following surgery i.e. total knee or hip replacements, shoulder or spinal surgery.
  • Acute low back pain.
  • Following fractures / broken bones.
  • Soft tissue injuries such as ligament / muscle injuries.
  • Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Chronic low back pain.
  • Balance problems.
  • Neurological conditions.