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Aquatherapy /Hydro Therapy

Aqua therapy refers to water-based treatments or exercises by a physiotherapist, in particular for relaxation, fitness, and physical rehabilitation. Treatments and exercises are performed while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water. Most aqua therapy procedures require constant attendance by a trained therapist and are performed in a specialized temperature-controlled pool. Rehabilitation commonly focuses on improving the physical function associated with illness, injury, or disability.

Aqua therapy encompasses a broad set of approaches and techniques, including aquatic exercise, physical therapy, and other movement-based therapy in water. Treatment may be passive ( involving a therapist and patient), active(involving self-generated body positions, movement) or supervised by a physiotherapist. Examples include Halliwick Aquatic Therapy, Bad Ragaz and Watsu.

For orthopaedic rehabilitation, aqua therapy is synonymous with therapeutic aquatic exercise, aqua therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, water therapy, and pool therapy. Aqua therapy can support restoration of function for many areas of orthopaedics, including sports medicine, work conditioning, joint arthroplasty, and back rehabilitation programmes. A strong aqua component is especially beneficial for therapy programmes where limited or non-weight bearing is needed and where normal functioning is limited by inflammation, pain, muscle spasm, and limited range of motion (ROM). Water provides a controllable environment for reeducation of weak muscles and skill development for neurological and neuromuscular impairment, acute orthopaedic or neuromuscular injury, or recovery from recent surgery.

Various properties of water contribute to therapeutic effects, including the ability to use water for resistance in place of gravity or weights; thermal stability that permits maintenance of near-constant temperature; hydrostatic pressure that supports and stabilizes and that influences heart and lung function; buoyancy that permits floatation and reduces the effects of gravity; and turbulence and wave propagation that allow gentle manipulation and movement.

We provide Aqua Therapy courses to all qualified physiotherapist. Aqua therapy is currently available at the Auckland Park and Vereeniging facilities.

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