Hydrotherapy is used effectively in hip injury or following surgery to exercise with the aid of buoyancy to support the joint and reduce weight bearing during the natural healing process. It complements the Alter G well due to its ability to offer an environment with reduced weight bearing but also allows for more dynamic and functional exercise.
Hydrotherapy pools are designed in such a way that non-swimmers will feel at ease and there is a gradual ramp entrance to ensure easy access, or alternatively patients can be lowered into the water in a hoisted chair.
Due to the warmth of the water in hydrotherapy pools, pain is reduced while exercising as well as reducing the tension in certain musculature allowing increased range of movements in the joints during exercise.
The hydrotherapy pool allows the addition of weights and more difficult exercises sooner into rehabilitation due to the protective nature of the water’s buoyancy. This means people are able to do certain rehabilitation exercises earlier, allowing them to walk pain-free without crutches with a normal gait pattern far more quickly than they would without hydrotherapy.
Physiotherapists at Manchester Hip Clinic individually assess each patient and plan courses of hydrotherapy exercise accordingly.