Hydrotherapy to maintain physical wellbeing
PEOPLE can discover the benefits of hydrotherapy thanks to a new out-of-hours service from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy which involves the use of water to relieve pain, such as joint or muscle problems.
The hydrotherapy pool at North Devon District Hospital has offered rehabilitation to patients across the trust – referred by hospital consultants and GPs – since it was built through public donation in the early 1970s.
From March, the pool is being opened to self-referrals by adults who would like to use the facilities out of hours to promote or maintain their physical wellbeing.
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Sarah Treble, hydrotherapy lead for the trust, says the pool can help to rejuvenate, reinvigorate and relax your whole body.
"Clinical trials have shown that pain related to activity decreases more significantly with water rather than land-based exercise," she said. "This is supported by patient feedback at the hospital, with many praising the quality of the service and saying it is invaluable in their treatment."
The service's five-strong team includes two senior physiotherapists who have completed advanced hydrotherapy training and have more than 40 years' experience between them.
There are also two clinical support workers with skills in hydrotherapy and rehabilitation as well as a pool engineer, who ensures the environment is safe and ready to use.
Recent changes to the booking system have seen the waiting list drop from up to six weeks to less than two weeks.
The pool is available for private rental to the local community and a baby swim school uses it to good effect, with the warmth of the water at 35 degrees celsius providing great comfort.
The service also has a gym space available for rental, which already accommodates cardiac rehabilitation and Pilates classes out of hours.
Details: phone Sarah on 01271 850822.