What is hydrotherapy?


Have you ever experienced a good feeling after being in a warm bath or a spa? Then you know what hydrotherapy is!

The name Hydrotherapy is a general term to describe any therapy in warm water. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years by people all around the world to help improve their health. However the answer to the question “what is hydrotherapy?” can mean a lot of different things to different people.

This site seeks to not only answer the question “what is hydrotherapy?” but to discuss all things hydrotherapy so that you have a taste of the entire world of water based treatments.


Hydrotherapy and Aquatic Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists now refer to what we do in the water as ‘Aquatic Physiotherapy’ to distinguish our profession from other users who may use the term ‘hydrotherapy’ (for example, colonic irrigation is often referred to as hydrotherapy!)

Aquatic Physiotherapy (hydrotherapy) involves rehabilitation in warm water (usually 32-34 degrees Celsius) and involves a specific set of physiotherapy techniques and exercises using the unique properties and benefits of water. Physiotherapists who have undergone further training in aquatic physiotherapy after they have graduated and have a special interest in therapy in water become Aquatic Physiotherapists. Aquatic physiotherapists use hydrotherapy pools (specially designed for rehabilitation) or heated pools (not specially designed, and sometimes not as warm i.e. 26 degrees) as a medium for rehabilitation. Aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy) can be just as effective as treatment on land, often with less discomfort.

For the rest of this site, the term hydrotherapy will be used; however the principles and exercises that are used come from the field of aquatic physiotherapy.

Our aim of this site is to show you all sorts of answers to the question “what is hydrotherapy?” If you have any questions please contact us!

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