What is Hydrotherapy?



Hydrotherapy (also known as Aquatic Therapy) is physiotherapy exercises in warm water. It can help pain, disability or with recovery from illness or injury. Hydrotherapy uses the unique properties of warm water to improve movement of stiff or swollen joints, provide relaxation, strengthen weak muscles and alleviate aches and pains

  • Does your pain or disability limit your normal activities?
  • Are you off work, unable to exercise or just desperate to get fitter and healthier? 

We have extensive experience in treating hundreds of people like you. We will support you the whole way through your rehabilitation. You can even keep coming to our exercise group sessions held at Southmead Hospital, Bristol on a regular basis just to keep things ticking over as part of a healthy lifestyle!

The ability to swim is not necessary to benefit from hydrotherapy. Your head does not need to go under the water and you can exercise in shallow water with your feet remaining firmly on the bottom!

How can hydrotherapy help you?

  • Relief of pain and muscle spasm
    The warmth and buoyancy of the hydrotherapy pool water relaxes tight muscles, reduces the weight through painful joints, improves circulation and provides a supportive environment for rehabilitation back to your normal activities.
  • Ease of movement
    The reduction in the effects of gravity on your joints, combined with the pain relieving and supportive properties of water eases the stress on joints and allows movement that may be difficult on land. This makes hydrotherapy ideal for rehabilitating balance, walking and easing stiff and painful joints.
  • Reduction of swelling and improved circulation
    The warmth and water pressure within our custom built hydrotherapy pool at Southmead Hospital stimulates your circulatory system and encourages the removal of waste products from your body, such as swelling.
  • Strengthening of weak muscles
    This is easily achieved in water whilst supporting the weak or injured area.
  • Promoting relaxation and feelings of wellbeing
    The ability to exercise and move freely in water boosts motivation and a sense of wellbeing, particularly when such movements are limited ‘on land’. The warm water can also sooth and relax.
  • Enhanced cardiovascular fitness
    The warm hydrotherapy pool can improve general fitness and health at an earlier stage in your rehab than ‘on land’. If it's walking the dog, running to keep fit or getting back to a particular sport, then we can work on it together in the pool.