Aquatic exercise/therapy for
The benefits of Aquatic Physiotherapy for this group of patients are enormous, not just from the support that the water supplies but for the sense of achievement and independence it provides as often neurological patients are able to perform activities in the pool that they are unable to perform on dry land.
In comparison with land based physiotherapy, exercising in the water eliminates anxiety and fear of falling by providing postural support. This often enables improved relaxation and flexibility of the limbs.
Late stage rehab can be enhanced in the water by challenging a patient’s stability further using the waters’ properties of drag and turbulence.
Hydrotherapy / Aquatic Physiotherapy is not always suitable for Neurological patients and close liaison with each patient's individual land neurological physiotherapist is essential. We assess each case individually in terms of safety and appropriateness for treatment.
Advantages of hydrotherapy in neurological rehabilitation:
• The warm water allows increased movement, as it decreases joint stiffness, normalises tone, and promotes relaxation of the muscles. The combination of these effects is likely to relieve pain.
• Water can provide resistance against which we can strengthen weak muscles
• The buoyancy effect of water can facilitate passive stretching
• Water provides a safe environment in which to practice balance and walking, it also allows for easier handling for the physiotherapist
• The buoyancy effect allows decreased weight bearing and walking can be practiced sooner than on land
• Improve balance and coordination
• Improve posture
• Stimulate circulation
• Improve self-conﬁdence, sense of well-being and relaxation