Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. Unlike aquarobics, hydrotherapy focuses more on slow, controlled movements for therapeutic rather than cardiovascular results. The water temperature is usually 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool. Gold standard research is supporting the use of hydrotherapy for arthritis and is an excellent way to exercise when your arthritis is moderate to severe.
Let’s look at why hydrotherapy works:
Next is where and how to do it. Some hydrotherapy pools offer a self referral based program, while other hospitals may need a referral from a doctor. Private Physiotherapy clinics, for a cost, run their own sessions.
Finally, your local Arthritis Office can provide further information to assist you and will have a range of education and support activities. Click here to find your local office.