Hydrotherapy, as the name implies, entails being submerged in water, with its thermal properties often used to benefit the body.
The healing qualities of water have been championed around the world for centuries, dating back to the days of Ancient Egypt and Rome. It is now widely used to increase immunity and alleviate pain. Although these may be soothing and restorative, hydrotherapy is also used in more therapeutic, rather than recreational, environments.
For patients recovering from injury or coping with chronic pain, physiotherapists in hospitals across Ireland provide an exercise-based, involved method of physical water care. The weight and pressure on joints and muscles are reduced due to the buoyancy of the water.
Swimming has been shown to benefit people with asthma, fibromyalgia, hypertension, Raynaud’s syndrome, and nervous system disorders. It is a safe exercise for people with injuries or disabilities, and it can help them improve joint strength and flexibility.
There are many benefits that hydrotherapy has to offer:
- Helps relaxation and wellbeing.
- Helps alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.
- The massaging effect of the hydrostatic pressure increases blood flow and relaxes tense muscles.
- Reduces joint pain so you can exercise safely.
- Floating weights can help to rebuild muscle.
- Improves flexibility and lessens chronic pain.
- Recommended for people who suffer from arthritis and back pain, as well as those with joint replacements.
- Used a lot in athletic rehabilitation.
- It’s used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory issues.
- How long do hydrotherapy sessions last?
Our hydrotherapy sessions are 30 minutes in duration and held every week at the same time for a minimum of four weeks.
- Can someone come with me to help me?
Yes, if you need assistance, that is not an issue.
- Do you have a pool hoist?
We currently do not have a pool hoist, but it is something we would like to have in the future.
- Is the pool warm?
Our pool is kept at 32 degrees to ensure optimum comfort.
- Can the public access the pool?
No, we operate on appointment-only basis.
- How much does it cost?
1:1 – €120 – 4week term, 30min rehabilitation per week.
- Do I need a referral?
No, but your GP/Physio/Consultant will have to clear you or recommend you commence swimming as part of your rehabilitation programme, please bring any exercises or recommendations from them with you.
Our little boy, paddy age 5 asd diagnosis, is coming to Orla for hydrotherapy. This is a place that paddy absolutely adores and can have a hobbie just for him. Orla has been invaluable to paddy in teaching him to swim, her skills and patience and her fabulous and positive personality are second to none. Paddy is safe in this environment and so happy all while learning an invaluable skill. Orla is excellent at her job and we would be lost without her.Siobhan – Paddy’s mom