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What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions. Read more >

What types of arthritis is hydrotherapy used for?

Hydrotherapy is useful for many different types of arthritis, regardless of how many of your joints are affected. Read more >

How does hydrotherapy help?

Hydrotherapy helps because the water provides:

  • warmth
  • support
  • resistance
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How effective is hydrotherapy?

Studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve strength and general fitness in people with various types of arthritis. Read more >

How can I access hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy sessions are available on the NHS, and most hospitals have access to hydrotherapy pools. A member of you healthcare team can refer you if they think it'll help you. You can also choose to use private healthcare. Read more >

What do I need?

You should take:

  • a swimming costume
  • a towel
  • medication that you would need while exercising, for example an inhaler, GTN spray or glucose tablets if you have diabetes
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What if I can’t swim?

You don’t have to be able to swim to benefit from hydrotherapy. The pool is usually quite shallow (about chest height), so you can exercise well within your depth. Read more >

How do I get in and out of the pool?

There will be a few steps down into the pool, but if you have trouble with steps there’ll also be a mechanical hoist to get you in and out of the water.

Most pools have different depths, varying from waist height to chest height, and there will be a rail around the edge of the pool for extra support.

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What else do I need to consider?

There are certain situations where you may not be able to have hydrotherapy. You and your physiotherapist will decide whether hydrotherapy is suitable. Read more >

What happens at the end of a course of hydrotherapy?

You can continue your exercises in your local swimming pool, or speak to your doctor or physiotherapist about taking a water-based exercise class. You may also wish to pay for further sessions with a physiotherapist. Read more >
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