What happens at the end of a course of hydrotherapy?
One of the main aims of hydrotherapy treatment is to give you confidence to continue and manage a programme of exercises on your own once the course has finished. Your physiotherapist will probably suggest that you carry on with your exercises in your local swimming pool.
Some swimming pools have special sessions when the water temperature may be increased and some sports centres offer water-based exercise classes. Ask your doctor or physiotherapist for advice before you join a class to make sure it’s suitable. You should also speak to the instructor about your arthritis and its effects so they can adapt some of the exercises for you if necessary.
It may also be possible to pay for further sessions without the physiotherapist in the hospital pool. And in some areas, local arthritis support groups (such as Arthritis Care or the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society) hire a hospital or health club pool for hydrotherapy sessions.
If you can’t swim, it might be worth learning – swimming is an excellent form of exercise for improving your fitness and mobility without putting a lot of strain on your joints. Ask a healthcare professional for advice if you’re not sure whether it would be suitable for you.