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The Haywood hospital has a hydrotherapy pool available to selected physiotherapy patients and is located in the outpatients' area.

Hydrotherapy is a fun, relaxing and comfortable way of exercising. The aim of hydrotherapy is to increase levels of physical activity to improve or manage their condition. It is mainly available to those unable to exercise on dry land.

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy; you will be given an exercise program to do in a heated pool (35 degrees centigrade). The warm water helps your body to relax and will help to relieve pain, which can help your movements.

Exercising in water also helps strengthen the body's muscles and increase joint movement whilst they are supported and protected in the water.

Please read through the following questions for more information on hydrotherapy, click on the question to reveal the answer.

How do I get hydrotherapy?

A physiotherapist will assess whether you need hydrotherapy or not.

What should I bring?

Make sure you bring suitable swimwear and a towel. If you need any medication during the session e.g. GTN spray or asthma inhaler then please bring these too. Please don't bring any valuables, and remove all watches and jewellery before entering the pool.

How many times do I need to go and have hydrotherapy?

Sessions are once a week, and you may have up to 6 sessions.

How long does it last for?

Usually lasts up to 30 mins.

I have bad asthma. Can I have hydrotherapy?

There are some conditions that need to be assessed before you have hydrotherapy, which the physiotherapist will do. You must inform the physiotherapist about any condition you are concerned about or any other concerns you have.

I can't swim. Can I do hydrotherapy?

Yes. You do not need to be able to swim to take part; the pool is 1.3m deep.

Are there showers I can use?

Yes there are showers, which we ask you to use before and after your hydrotherapy session. But DO NOT use any shampoo or soap in the shower area.

Can I bring someone with me?

Relatives must wait in the main waiting area outside.

Further information

Patient support groups

You may like to join some groups that help patients with particular diseases, you need to be referred to these groups by GP or physiotherapist.

Arthritis care

This group is held on a Monday evening (6.30pm) at the hydrotherapy pool for patients with arthritis who found hydrotherapy beneficial.

Haywood foundation back pain group

Held on a Tuesday evening (6.30-9.00pm at the Haywood hydrotherapy pool) for patients with back pain.

National ankylosing spondylitis society (NASS)

Self help group for patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Held on Wednesday evening (7.00-8.30pm) includes hydrotherapy and gym sessions.