What is hydrotherapy?

It is exercise and relaxation in water and is used by physiotherapy staff to help you move better. To help you relax it is best that the water is warm.


How will it help me?

• help you to relax
• make pain easier or go away
• make movement easier
• exercise your muscles


Who is at the pool?

You will be helped by physiotherapy staff in the water. There will also be an attendant at the pool side.


What do I need to bring?

• swimming costume

• towel

• waterproof underwear if needed

• a drink.

Your carers or family will bring you to the pool and help you get changed.


Do I need to be able to swim?

No because the physiotherapy staff will help you in the water at all times.


How will I get into the water?

You will be helped by the physiotherapy staff. They may need to use specialist equipment


How long will it last?

You will be offered sessions every for a number of weeks.
For your first session you will be in the water for up to 10 minutes. Your next session may last up to 20 minutes as you get used to the water.


When should I not come to the pool?

If you have-

• sickness

• an upset stomach

• lots of fits

• open sores

• an infection

• monthly bleeding (ladies)


What if I don’t like it?

You don’t have to do it and the physiotherapy staff will talk to you and
your carers about other ways to help you.


A link to our easy read patient carer information including imagery for this service can be downloaded here

Leaflet reference: L321E
Version: V5
Date last updated: 02 / 11 / 2017
Archive date: 02 / 11 / 2020


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