Hydrotherapy essentially means water-based exercise and is typically undertaken in a heated pool. The benefits of exercising in the water include:
- Reduced load on the body include pressure on the back and joints
- Warm water can assist as a muscle relaxant, ‘prime’ muscles for use and assist in pain management
- Adjustable resistance to exercise – the quicker you try to move, the harder you work.
Hydrotherapy is most commonly used as a light to moderate intensity therapy for lower back and leg injuries, but can also be helpful for upper body injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions, neurological conditions and anyone who had difficulty with higher-impact activity.