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Hydrotherapy is a form of Physiotherapy where specific exercises are carried out in a purpose-built warm pool that is kept between 35.5 and 37 degrees Celsius.
The benefits of water based exercise have been well recognised for thousands of years – dating as far back as the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations.
You do not need to be able to swim to use our hydrotherapy pool. The pool is 1 metre deep as you enter and 1.3 m at its deepest so you will never be out of your depth.
Please let the Physiotherapist know if you are feeling nervous or anxious about your treatment. You will be supervised and assisted throughout your hydrotherapy session.
The warmth of the water and exercise may make you feel tired - this is perfectly normal and should improve after a few sessions.
After treatment it is advisable to have a shower. This will remove the chlorine from your skin and help you to cool down before you get dressed.
We have a water dispenser located by the pool and we encourage you to have a drink before and after each session.
If at any stage you feel faint, dizzy and generally unwell or experience chest pain you must tell your Physiotherapist.
Your GP or consultant may refer you for hydrotherapy if he/she feels it might be beneficial, or alternatively if you are already receiving physiotherapy treatment the therapist can also refer you to hydrotherapy.
Your appointment will be arranged by our hydrotherapy team and each session lasts for approximately 30 minutes. It is a group setting however it is not a class and your programme will be individually tailored towards your condition. The sessions are run with both you and the Hydrotherapist in the pool, where you will complete a variety of exercises appropriate to your condition.
On average we are only able to see you for 6-8 sessions in our pool. Not only do we encourage a self-management healthcare ethos but due to high referral rates we need to ensure the service is available to all. However, once you have completed your course of hydrotherapy we will encourage you to attend a local pool to carry on the exercises you have been shown. Click here for details of local pool facilities.
Derriford Hydrotherapy Pool is now available to hire (Facility Only).
At least 3 members of the group will need to be trained in safe evacuation from the pool and all such training will be conducted by Hydrotherapy Staff.
There is also an expectation that at least one member of the group will have a current certificate in a nationally recognised Basic Life Support course.
Groups will be required to provide their own Insurance and Public Liability Cover .
For further information please contact:
Baz Jambor, Lead Hydrotherapist firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01752 432208