Hydrotherapy Pools

Our made-to-measure hydrotherapy pools are truly stunning and full of benefits. We visited one of our recent installations at STEPS Rehabilitation Centre in Sheffield to see how they were getting on with their bespoke Innova hydrotherapy pool. The results are truly astounding.

The many benefits of hydrotherapy are well-known and established in the healthcare sector. Hydrotherapy detoxifies, loosens tight muscles, encourages relaxation, increases the metabolic rate and digestion activity, hydrates the cells, improves skin and muscle tone, boosts the immune system, and improves the function of the internal organs by stimulating the blood supply.

We take a very unique approach with our hydrotherapy pools; gone are the days of high-cost, high-maintenance, and high-infection risk therapy pools.

Innova stainless steel hydrotherapy pools have lower manufacturing and installation costs, require less maintenance, last longer, and are better for infection control. What’s more, our hydrotherapy pools are completely bespoke for each and every client, ensuring that they get exactly what they’re looking for.

Our project management team will be with you every step of the way, right from the consultation to the installation and maintenance.

A stainless steel hydrotherapy pool installed into the ground

Benefits of Stainless Steel Hydrotherapy Pools

Stainless steel hydrotherapy pools have a vast number of advantages compared to traditional tiled ones. The benefits include:

  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Lower installation costs
  • Quicker and easier installation
  • Better durability and longer lifespan
  • Every pool is bespoke, designed to suit the users and environment
  • The original finishes remain perfect, meaning that no polishing is required
  • Stainless steel looks high-quality and elegant

Learn more about how stainless steel compares to concrete in our blog.

Due to the huge number of benefits, all hydrotherapy pools installed by Innova are made from stainless steel. But there are still a number of different options available.


One-Piece Hydrotherapy Pools

As the name suggests, a one-piece hydrotherapy pool is made from a single piece of stainless steel.

This is a bespoke, high-end pool option that can be made-to-measure to best suit you or your client’s needs. 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.

Any welds in your pool will be filled and brushed to be completely seamless. They will be unnoticeable, giving a luxury high-quality finish to the pool’s design.

Panel Premium Hydrotherapy Pools

Panel Premium hydrotherapy pools are also made from Marine grade (316L) stainless steel. The difference between this option and the one-piece version is that Panel Premium hydrotherapy pools are welded together on site.

This is particularly beneficial when you’re putting a hydrotherapy pool into an existing building. It allows the pool to be installed in the current space with minimal disruption.

Panel Premium pools are also more affordable than the one-piece version. They provide a quality mid-range hydrotherapy pool option, allowing you to have a bespoke stainless-steel pool at a lower price.

One thing to note is that the Panel Premium pieces are made in 1.2m sections, so Panel Premium pool sizes must be designed in increments of 120cm.

Panel Liner Hydrotherapy Pools

Like the Panel Premium systems, Panel Liner hydrotherapy pools are made from separate pieces of stainless steel. The difference is, this option uses a lower grade of stainless-steel (304L).

To compensate, the pool will be fitted with a liner to protect the metal from constant contact with water. The liner can withstand water temperature up to 32°C.

A Panel Liner system is great for those looking for a more budget-friendly hydrotherapy pool. However, the liner itself needs replacing every 5 to 10 years, so it’s worth factoring in this recurring cost when choosing a hydrotherapy pool option.

Once again, the panels are made in 1.2m pieces. So a Panel Liner hydrotherapy pool must also be fitted to measure to an increment of 120cm.

Hydrotherapy pool options collage

Accessories and Add-ons

Whether you opt for a one-piece, Panel Premium or Panel Liner hydrotherapy pool, there are various accessories and optional extras you can choose to help the pool better suit your needs.

All the popular options below can be included in the design of your pool from the start:

Pool Covers

Every hydrotherapy pool needs a pool cover to reduce heat loss and evaporation. This helps to save on heating costs. Covers can also act as safety barriers when the pool is not in use. Some covers can even be connected to control systems to automatically switch the pool plant into standby!

Venturi Jets

We recommend every hydrotherapy pool should have venturi jets. It is a jet of air and water, typically positioned every 2m along the walls of the pool. These can be turned on or off to create a movement in the water which stimulates the muscles and can also be used as a resistance factor for clients undergoing physiotherapy.

Perimeter Handrails

These are generally installed as standard in hydrotherapy pools as they provide support for both care staff and the clients whilst in the pool.

Underwater Lights

Highly recommended because they help provide a calming atmosphere for clients. These can either be single colour or colour changing.

Seating Areas

Often used as an area for resting, sitting therapy work, or where hydrotherapy pools are rented out for mother and baby sessions. These can be an ideal area to introduce the babies to the water.

Counter Current Systems

Primarily designed for users to swim against but should be carefully considered to assess whether the client is able to use them. Some counter currents are adjustable and can therefore be used for resistance training.

Massage Beds

These can be incorporated into the pool structure and provide an area for users to lie down with massage jets around them.

Water Cannons & Waterfalls

These are used for massage effect and localised stimulation.

Learn even more about the available add-ons in this blog post.

Sample plan for hydrotherapy pool design

Design and Installation

Hydrotherapy pools are fitted in a range of environments – SEN schools, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, hospices, and private individuals’ properties. Each has unique requirements that need to be factored into the design and install process.

Innova’s project management team provides in-depth consultation, professional design services and support during every phase of installation to ensure your pool is safe, looks good and perfectly meets your needs.

We are here to help with everything from choosing the correct pool plant and pool position through to recommending the best add-ons for you. When everything is installed, we will provide full training so you can get the most out of your new hydrotherapy pool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still got some questions about how hydrotherapy pool work? We’ve written lots of handy guides covering a variety of hydrotherapy pool-related topics! Here are some useful articles:

For any other questions, please contact us. A member of the team will be happy to help!