Hydrotherapy is great for treating an array of some neuromuscular problems such as –
- Head injury
- Spinal injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Myalgic Encephalopathy
- Motor Neurone Disease
Pain and spasticity management: Warm water increases circulation and range of motion It also decreases perception of effort while exercising.
Soft tissue work carried out by the qualified physio using the properties of warm water can help with pain management by decreasing muscular tension and spasm.
Mobility and transfer ability: In hydrotherapy session clients work in a safe environment to progress their mobility and improve balance. It provides them with an environment to challenge their balance and experience freedom of movement. As water can support up to 90% of an individual’s body weight in an exercise pool, with the help of this therapy we are able to increase resistance and/or decrease submersion partially out of water to gently increase the intensity of the training.
Exercises against the resistance of water and dynamic exercises within the water can also improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination.
Mobility can be improved with hydrotherapy exercises for neuro rehabilitation as people are able to perform activities in the pool that they are unable to perform on dry land.
With the appropriate progression of exercises these activities, such as walking or running, will be able to be performed outside the pool. The support of the water and the reduced fear of falling can aid mobility practice.
Resistance and strength training: Clients can benefit from the higher viscosity of water, which helps muscles work harder without risking injury or strain. We use floating aids as resistance to work on graded strength training in functional task and prepare him for further land-based strength training.
Swimming: We can work with clients to re-learn how to swim independently in the pool. This can help improve their quality of life and provide them with an activity that they might have enjoyed prior to injury.
Ongoing clinician led hydrotherapy in warm water environment permits earlier detection of small neuromuscular movement and responses. The anti-gravity effect of water makes it easier to work with these movements to increase range of motion and strength.
Hydrotherapy for treating therapist is an extremely useful neuro-rehabilitation tool for clients ongoing rehab.