What is Hydrotherapy?

Asquith Hall is a specialist nursing home which offers a great variety of activities and therapies in order to improve the well-being of our residents. One of the most beneficial therapies that we have introduced is the Hydrotherapy Pool which is used extensively for musculoskeletal and neural rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy is a very relaxing and pleasant treatment making it very popular amongst our residents. The support of the water significantly reduces the fear of falling and aids patients who have serious mobility problems.

Also referred to as Aquatic Therapy, this type of therapy allows the user to do exercise that they would not normally be able to do on land. The buoyancy aspect as opposed to gravity reduces pressure on the joints and thereby assists in greater movement, resulting in increased muscle strength, circulation, decreased swelling and ultimately significant pain reduction.

Hydrotherapy Pool

The hydrotherapy pool has an increased hydrostatic pressure and is heated to around 35 degrees Celsius helping the patient to fully relax and thereby assisting in both pain relief and increased circulation. To ensure that the pool is accessible to all residents here at Asquith Hall, we have installed a state of the art hoist for those who cannot enter the pool unaided.

Hydrotherapy sessions will often include additional equipment such as floaters, dumbbells, woogles and bungee ropes used for cardiovascular and resistance training. Each session is planned according to the patients’ individual needs and is always co-ordinated by fully trained staff members who will fully assess the types of exercises needed in order to gain the maximum benefits from the therapy.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

  • Pain relief and reduction-particularly in neck and back.
  • Decrease in muscle spasms.
  • Increased joint movement – largely due to the high water temperature relaxing muscle tension.
  • Strengthening of weak muscles.
  • Increased blood circulation.
  • Improved balance and co-ordination – resulting from specific exercises used to target core muscle strength.
  • Re-education of paralysed muscles.
  • Overall increase in fitness levels.
  • Improved self-efficacy.
  • Improved function.
  • Improved self–esteem and general mental well-being.

Hydrotherapy Pool

Hydrotherapy is beneficial for the following condition:

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Post-surgery.
  • Neurological conditions.
  • Strokes and head injuries.

Here at Asquith Hall we are passionate and dedicated to giving our patients the best personal care possible. Our therapies are aimed at increasing all patients quality of life and improve independence and self-esteem.