I had my first meeting at the hydrotherapy department in the hospital today. I met the physiotherapist who will be working with me for the next 9/10 weeks.
What is hydrotherapy?
the Arthritis Research Uk website says this..
“Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool.
You’ll normally have hydrotherapy treatment within a hospital’s physiotherapy department. Usually a physiotherapist or a physiotherapist’s assistant with specialist training will show you how to do the exercises. The focus of the exercises can be adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your symptoms.
Hydrotherapy tends to be different to aquarobics, which can be quite strenuous, as it’s generally more focused on slow, controlled movements and relaxation.”
Toady I was not in the water. Today was the pre-therapy consultation appointment. The physiotherapist had a ton of questions about my illness and how it affects me. She had to see how mobile I was so a decision could be made on how to get me in and out of the pool. I was pleased to see a ramp and steps with a double handrail which means I wont have to indignity of being hoisted in! I was expecting a small pool. something along the lines of a hot tub in size but it’s actually a quite large pool and several people can be treated at once. Knowing this I’ll be wearing a T-Shirt to keep my body under wraps and save some of my blushes!
I am excited and hopeful about seeing some benefits from this, an increase in physical strength and decrease in pain. I am apprehensive about the physical kick back after each treatment, knowing I get kick back from a routine consultation just like todays, there is part of me really worried the after effects could be nasty but I guess all I can do is wait and see, hope for the best and plan for the worst.