Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy, a water based therapy is a useful treatment for patients with rheumatic conditions. Most hydrotherapy pools are heated to approximately 34-35.5°C, which is much warmer than the temperature of a swimming pool. The heat helps to relax the muscles and so helps ease pain and enable easier movement. The buoyancy of the water is used to help improve joint mobility. This can be helpful for patients who are experiencing a flare and need to maintain joint movement, or for patients recovering from a flare who need to regain movement. Treatment sessions are quite short, 15 to 20 minutes, as it is easy to become quickly fatigued due to the heat and increased exercise.

To see a leaflet provided by Royal Cornwall Hospital on hydrotherapy please click here Leaflet.pdf

To read an in depth review about hydrotherapy and rheumatoid arthritis please click here Review.pdf

Below are some images from the hydrotherapy pool at RCHT:

Benefits of hydrotherapy:

Benefit Reason
Pain Relief Warmth of water, suppression of central nervous system of
Ease of Movement Support offered by buoyancy to assist movement, reduced effect of gravity
Reduction of muscle tone and spasm Warmth of water, suppression of central nervous system, suppression of muscle EMG activity due to reduced effect of gravity, sensory input from movement in water
Reduction of Oedema Effect of hydro-static pressure, reduction of the effect of gravity
Resistance to Movement Viscosity and weight/density of water, negative drag due to turbulence, upward force of buoyancy
Enhanced relaxation Reduced effect of gravity, support from buoyancy, reduction in pain, hypnotic and sensory effects of water
Enhanced well-being Enjoyment, social interaction, sense of achievement, ability vs. disability
Re-education of functional activities Support from buoyancy, variation is % weight bearing, assistance or resistance to movement, unencumbered
Enhanced CV fitness Resistance to movement, greater variety of activities

The following tables outline swimming pool information in your local area. This information was correct at the time of publishing, however, we advise that you check on the website or via telephone (all info provided) before making a trip.

Newquay Area:

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Truro Area:

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Falmouth Area:

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Cambourne, Redruth and St Ives Area:

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Bodmin, Wadebridge and Camelford Area:

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Liskeard and Looe Area:

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