What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy or aquatic physiotherapy is the use of water to revitalise, maintain and restore health. It’s part of alternative medicine, occupational therapy and physiotherapy that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. It involves specialist exercise which takes place in warm water promoting relaxation, pain relief and the water can be used to exercise in, as it reduces the strain on joints of weight bearing.
The main feature of hydrotherapy is the temperature. A standard pool is around 20 – 25°, whereas a hydrotherapy pool is typically between 33 – 36°. This means there are extra considerations for the plant room and filtration system need to be considered.
Why is hydrotherapy needed?
As we know, warm water makes your body and muscles relax, helping to heal injuries and promote bodily functions like circulation, respiration, and even pain relief. This is why many people who have suffered spinal injuries or have severe learning and physical disabilities are moving towards having hydrotherapy pools in their homes, rehabilitation centres and schools.
There is a growing evidence base which suggests that heat stimulatory receptors are in the same place as nociceptive impulses (these are nerve cells that cause pain when stimulated). By introducing heat, it will essentially numb or override the sensation of pain, making it easier for the person to move and exercise uninhibited.
To help case managers, occupational therapists and witness report writers put forward a case to have a hydrotherapy pool installed for their clients, we have put together a hydrotherapy justification report. Click on the tab below to learn more about what hydrotherapy involves and how it has been used in previous medical negligence cases.
One of the decisions you need to make quite early on in your hydrotherapy pool planning is whether you want an overflow (deck level) or skimmer (freeboard) hydrotherapy pool. The decision between an overflow and skimmer pool is fundamentally a filtration decision.
However, it will make a difference to how your hydrotherapy pool looks and it will be important to know in the early stages in order to inform the designs and pricing.
One Piece Pool
As the name suggests, one-piece hydrotherapy pools are made from a single piece of stainless steel. Crafted from Marine grade(316L) stainless steel, our single-piece pools are protected from corrosion to provide a long-lasting quality tank. The high-grade stainless steel also allows you to keep the water temperature of your single-piece hydrotherapy pool up to 40°C with no adverse effects on the structure.
The Benefits Include:
Once deciding on type of construction for the hydrotherapy pool which will inform the cost, lifetime and maintenance associated with the hydrotherapy pool. but this isn’t the only decision that needs to be made when it comes to pool style.