Aquatic exercise boosts recovery from
Multiple trauma is when more than one area of the body has been injured due to a physically traumatic incident e.g. Road Traffic Collision (RTC), falls, sporting injuries etc. Injuries can range from soft tissue injuries, such as a torn muscle, to significant fractures (broken bones), ligament damage and neurological injuries (brain and spinal cord). Injuries which result in multiple trauma can have devastating and life changing effects. The earlier phase of recovery can be extremely frustrating because, as well as being in pain, often you are not allowed to put weight on certain injured areas of the body (non-weight bearing) in order to avoid causing further damage or slowing the healing process. During this time, significant muscle wasting and joint stiffening can occur simply through lack of use – this can cause problems with rehabilitation further down the road in your recovery. Therefore beginning your rehabilitation process as early as possible can significantly speed up your recovery period. Our trauma recovery programme provides you with a rehabilitation process which can start far sooner than any land based therapy treatment, even when you are non-weight bearing.
The benefits of hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is simply performing exercise and movement in water. When we are submerged in water, the parts of our body which are submerged become weightless. Our specialist pool can enable you to exercise with reduced or no weight through your healing injuries. Other advantages of hydrotherapy for multiple trauma injuries are:
• The hydrostatic pressure (the weight of the water on your skin) improves blood supply and circulation which facilitates healing.
• The hydrostatic pressure can also aid in the reduction of swelling.
• The hot water temperature (34 degrees) provides muscle relaxation enabling better contractibility and firing of muscles.
• The relaxation of muscles also enables greater range of movement in joints reducing stiffness.
• All of the above can facilitate in reduced pain. In addition to this, the relaxation effect of warm water can contribute to suppression of the sympathetic nervous system which can also have positive effects on pain.
• The sensory input of the water can increase body position sense enabling improved feelings of balance and confidence further into your rehabilitation process.
• Through reduced pain and improved confidence, patients are able to move more freely which often leads to reduced fear and anxiety about their injury. This has a feed forward effect whereby behaviour is less affected by fear and thus patients can experience an earlier return to activity, significantly improving long term outcomes.
By starting the rehabilitation process earlier, recovery is accelerated offering you:
• A return to independence.
• An earlier return to work.
• A better quality of life and future.