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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. There will always be two members of the healthcare team present, usually a physiotherapist and an assistant, and one of them will be in the pool with you. You can also use floats.

Even if you’re nervous about being in the water it’s worth trying hydrotherapy – most people find the warm water soothing and pleasant.

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