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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 must tell your physiotherapist if you have any of the following:

  • a wound or skin infection
  • a virus or stomach upset
  • a raised temperature
  • high or low blood pressure
  • breathing difficulties
  • a kidney condition requiring dialysis
  • angina or heart problems
  • incontinence
  • a chest infection
  • a chlorine allergy
  • uncontrolled diabetes, asthma or epilepsy

You and your physiotherapist will decide whether hydrotherapy is suitable. The decision will be based on the severity of your condition, whether it affects more than one part of your body and your medication. Hydrotherapy isn’t advised if you have certain conditions in the list, but with others it’s just to inform the physiotherapist so they can take precautions if they need to.

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