Hydrotherapy is the use of water to help treat a condition. Some conditions that respond well to hydrotherapy are: all types of arthritis, joint pain (eg lower back, hip, knee or ankle), post-surgery, muscle and tendon conditions, bursitis of the hip and neurological conditions.
Due to the buoyancy in the water, the amount of force put through the joints and muscles is less than on land, which is why you feel lighter in water. Hydrotherapy is therefore a great way to work the muscles without overloading the joints with the effects of gravity. Water also creates drag and resistance, which, utilised alongside pool exercise toys, helps strengthen the muscles.
Exercising in the water helps to reduce overall pain, relax muscles and joints, allow for more movement and improve circulation. It is especially useful for people who have limited mobility on land or who find exercises on land painful on their joints.
It’s also great if you want to tone up or want to start exercising in the water but don’t know where to start.