Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy involves stimulation and gentle exercise in warm water at a constant temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. Our hydrotherapy poos is purpose-built with a water depth of around 1 metre. The pool incorporates multi-sensory equipment such as lighting and sound to stimulate the senses.

Hydrotherapy offers tangible benefits to the health and wellbeing of our children:

  • The warmth of the water has an effect on the individual neuro-muscular junctions which results in decreased muscle tone and decreased spasticity.

  • Buoyancy of the water is used to assist movement of joints - which is either more difficult or painful on dry land.

  • Movement in the water and water pressure helps to reduce residual lung capacity for children and young people with chest problems. This enables more efficient lung function and reduces the risk of chest infections developing.

  • Creating turbulence around an extremity (i.e. arm or leg) can increase their awareness of the limb and help with mobility - both in the water and later on dry land.

  • Multi-sensory environment helps stimulate the senses whilst calming children with sensory and learning difficulties.

Michael Bates