Hydrotherapy for long-term pain
Hydrotherapy is exercise in warm water. Many people with long-term pain find it's a comforting and effective way of moving the joints fully and stretching and strengthening the muscles. The warmth of the water soothes pain and the support of the water reduces the stresses on your joints.
Hospital hydrotherapy pools are excellent, but sadly a lack of such pools means that access can often be limited. However, many facilities offer out-of-hours access on a time-limited and paid basis – contact your local hospital for details.
Local swimming pools tend to be cooler than hydrotherapy pools, but exercise classes such as aquarobics provide a safe and fun way of exercising. Local hotels with spa or hydrotherapy facilities may also provide swimming and/or exercise in water classes.