Warm water hydrotherapy is used by doctors, physiotherapists and aged care providers to improve the health outcomes of people recovering from injury and to help manage a range of medical conditions. Public warm water hydrotherapy pools are available to anyone and can be a great way to beat the winter blues and get the chill out of your bones, even if you do not have any specific ailments. Hydrotherapy in warm water utilises the triple benefit of water warmth to boost circulation and relax muscles, water buoyancy to help support your body against gravity, and water viscosity to offer gentle resistance to exercise.
Warm water exercise - photo courtesy of www.localfitness.com.au
Hydrotherapy pools are also used for young children’s swimming lessons right throughout winter, which can be a great way to get your kids out of the house on those cold and rainy days.
Hydrotherapy in very warm water is unsuitable for some people including pregnant women, those with a heart condition, or if you have been drinking alcohol. It is also important to continually re-hydrate, so keep a bottle of drinking water next to the pool. Most hydrotherapy pools have a ramp and/or hoist available, but ring ahead at your local pool to make sure.
Hydrotherapy pools are often booked for swimming lessons, therapy sessions or other classes. Pool availability is generally stated on your local pool’s website.
The warmest public swimming pools in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart were identified in a recent survey. Pools that are 34 degrees celsius and above are the best suited for gentle warm water hydrotherapy. Find the warmest one nearest to you, get into the water and start moving again this winter.