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Hydrotherapy For Children & Young People

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Intensive Physiotherapy

Hydrotherapy Pool in Shropshire

Therapy Stars specialises in aquatic therapy for children and young adults with disabilities. The method is useful in treating many painful or limiting conditions and symptoms with the use of warm water to promote pain relief, muscle strengthening, and a safe way to explore new movements.

If you’d like to find out more about our hydrotherapy service in Shropshire, or you’d like to book a session with us, please get in touch with our team using the button.

 

We offer a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool in Shropshire with a range of sensory features and lights, which offers an excellent medium for engaging physiotherapy. Our team, who will be in the pool with your child, have over 90 years of combined experience in treating a range of conditions with physiotherapy, including Cerebral Palsy, hypermobility, and more. 

What Is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy, involves movement and exercises in a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool with a warm temperature of 33°C-35°C. The water resistance and warmth of the hydrotherapy pool prompts stretching of the muscles, better circulation, and pain relief in many cases.

Many young children and adults with complex needs will benefit from hydrotherapy, and our specialist team can offer a safe and tailored physio solution for your child. Most importantly, hydrotherapy is a fun and engaging activity that many children enjoy, that also supports social inclusion, better communication skills, and encourages independence!

What Are the Benefits Of Hydrotherapy For Children and Young People?

Hydrotherapy for children comes with a number of therapeutic benefits for people of all ages. Not only does the water encourage the exploration of new movements, but lights and music used in a session add an extra sensory element. Below, we’ve outlined just some of the reasons why children and young people may benefit from aquatic therapy with Therapy Stars. 

  • Children and young people who are also wheelchair users can enjoy the freedom and range of movement in a hydrotherapy pool
  • The warmth of the water promotes general relaxation, pain relief, reduction of high tone in muscles, increased range of movement and flexibility of joints
  • Buoyancy can assist with prolonged muscle stretching, improved movements if a child is low tone or weak due to reduced workload, relaxation and strengthening muscles
  • The use of drag or turbulence can aid muscle strengthening, movement, balance and functional activities such as walking
  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water can also help with improved circulation, improved cardiovascular fitness and give a different sensory experience to improve body awareness.
For further information and additional benefits of this form of therapy, explore one of our recent hydrotherapy articles.
Hydrotherapy games!
Hydrotherapy in a specialist pool

What Is Hydrotherapy Used For?

Hydrotherapy can be useful for those with genetic, developmental, neurological, and orthopaedic conditions. We’ve found that aquatic therapy is most helpful for young adults and children with:

If your child has been diagnosed with a condition that we haven’t listed above, or you’d like to find out more about how hydrotherapy can help your child, please get in touch with our physiotherapist team. We’ll do our best to accommodate and advise you on the best steps to take.

What Does Hydrotherapy Include?

When you visit us for hydrotherapy, you’ll first be greeted by a member of our friendly team, who will check over your child’s medical screening. Once your child or young person is changed and rinsed under a shower, they’ll be assisted by one of our physiotherapists into the pool. We’ll work 1-1 with your child to perform a number of tailored aquatic physio activities. Your child will be able to have these sessions once per week, in six week blocks.

  • There are seats on the poolside for you to observe the session.
  • Parents & carers won’t be expected to enter the pool unless discussed with the Physiotherapy team beforehand.
  • The sessions generally run in term time, in 6-week blocks – currently, these are on a Saturday afternoon. 
  • All clients will have a member of the Therapy Stars team in the water with them on a 1:1 basis. 
For more information on what a typical hydrotherapy session might look like for your child, read one of our popular articles – ‘What Happens In a Hydrotherapy Session?

Contact Us About Your Hydrotherapy Session

Stimulate your child’s recovery with engaging aquatic therapy at our hydrotherapy pool in Shropshire. If you’re interested in exploring how hydrotherapy could benefit your child or young adult, please reach out to a member of our team.

We also offer several other physiotherapy services including Intensive Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates. Simply explore our website or get in touch to find out more. 

Hydrotherapy FAQs

We’ve answered our most frequently asked questions about hydrotherapy below. If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team or explore our blog for more helpful information!

We’d recommend bringing the following to a hydrotherapy session with Therapy Stars: 

  • Comfortable swimwear that allows for a full range of movement
  • Towels & toiletries
  • Continence products if your child requires them
  • Two slings (one wet and one dry) if your child requires hoisting
  • Plenty of fluids (the pool area can get quite hot)
  • Any medication that your child/young adult may need

Hydrotherapy offers several benefits that can help relieve symptoms of many orthopaedic and genetic conditions. The water in the pool offers an excellent medium for physiotherapy that helps encourage a range of movements, aids in muscle strengthening, and as well as allowing a child to practice functional activities – such as walking.

The warmth of a hydrotherapy pool can aid relaxation, promote pain relief, and improve circulation. The physiotherapy session, complete with lights and music, is a fun way for anyone to socialise and practice key communication skills in a supportive and enjoyable environment.

Hydrotherapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for children and young people diagnosed with long term conditions, and the frequency at which you do sessions will depend on the ability and requirements of your child. We offer hydrotherapy sessions once per week, in six week blocks.

There is no special requirement for what you might want to wear for a hydrotherapy session. When your child or young adult is attending a hydrotherapy session, we’d recommend swimwear or a wetsuit that they feel comfortable in, as well as any continence products if your child requires them. 

Our hydrotherapy pool in Shropshire has a lovely warm temperature of 33-35 degrees celsius.

If you’re based in and around Shropshire, the nearest hydrotherapy pool is based in Oswestry, SY11 3JA. We also welcome those who are coming from further afield. If so, you could make a day of it by enjoying some family-friendly activities nearby including Park Hall Farm and the British Ironwork Centre.