Hydrotherapy pool at Torbay Hospital

As part of your Physiotherapy Pain Rehabilitation Plan you may be invited to attend an 8 week Aquahab short course. Prior to attending this you will also be required to attend an hour long seminar introducing you to the short course.

Below diagram shows the pathway for progression through the Aquahab short course.

Aquahab pathway diagram

Aquahab seminar

This seminar will give you background information on aquatic exercise and what to expect from attending the 1:1 and group sessions with us.

What is Aquahab?

Aquahab is the name we have given to Hydrotherapy within the Physiotherapy Pain Rehabilitation Team.

Aquahab (aquatic exercise, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, immersion therapy) is the use of water in the treatment of different pain conditions.

  1. Introducing you to a different ‘non land’ based method of exercise.
  2. How the effects of buoyancy, turbulence, resistance and drag can be effective strategies to exercising within the water.
  3. The importance of learning basic pain management skills such as activity management, breathing and relaxation techniques, body awareness, and mindfulness movement whilst exercising.
  4. Identifying your values and taking responsibility for the lifestyle choices that you make. It’s important that your exercise choices match your goals.
  5. Be able to recognise the intrusion of unpleasant emotions and sensations when you move or exercise.
  6. Useful links for community health and lifestyle schemes and community facilities available.

Aquahab differs from swimming because it involves specific movements that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually between 33.5 – 35.5ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool. The focus of the exercises can be adjusted depending on your goals and expectations of treatment.

Reference – Artritis Research UK

Support videos

Getting into hydrotherapy pool and pool depths

Tai Chi group session

Relaxation group session

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