We understand that accidents impact on the whole of a person’s life. From normal daily activities to work and relationships, the effects can be devastating. Therefore, we recognise the need for a speedy recovery and for each case we develop an individual physio-led programme to make sure that rehabilitation progresses at its optimum level.
Exercising is one of the best ways of keeping arthritic pain at bay and can also help with weight management to reduce the strain on joints. Exercising in water is even better as the water reduces weight bearing, swelling and inflammation are eased and so too are muscle spasms and pain. This type of exercise also increases range of movement, builds strength and improves circulation.
Back & Joint
Increased weight bearing, poor posture and degeneration of the spine can lead to chronic pain and have a negative effect on your quality of life. Exercising in water helps to decompress the spine, allowing more movement and relief from pain. Hydrotherapy has shown to have a significant impact in promoting healing and repair of the spine.
Bone Breaks & Fractures
H2O Physio hydrotherapy following a lower limb break or fracture is the ideal way to rehabilitate. The water reduces pressure on the break and provides a safe, supportive environment to enable effective exercise to be performed. This helps to strengthen supporting muscles and promote faster healing. Greater weight bearing is then possible, which in turn creates osteoblasts that actually help to knit the bones together.
Mobility and balance can be affected by strokes, MS, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. Exercise is important and hydrotherapy is ideal as the water supports weak limbs and cushions movement. It helps increase muscle tone, improves balance, encourages gait re-education, works specific muscle groups and generally improves quality of life.
Following orthopaedic surgery, hydrotherapy is ideal as patients are able to exercise sooner. Research shows that those who rehabilitate earlier, achieve independence and strength faster than those who wait for land-based exercises. Even short periods of inactivity can result in muscles wasting, and tissue structures becoming more rigid and less flexible. What’s more, our pre-op programme is a great way to increase muscle strength and therefore get back to normal activity quicker.
Children love being in water and find our treatment sessions great fun. The water temperature is lovely and warm, which relaxes muscles, reduces any spasm or pain, and increases joint movement, helping us work towards improved mobility and function. Although the water provides a safe, supportive environment, the natural resistance increases the intensity of the exercise to build strength and fitness effectively. Our programmes can be beneficial for a number of paediatric conditions, including cerebral palsy, hip dysplasia, muscular dystrophy and more.
Ante & Postnatal
Hydrotherapy exercise is a great way to keep fit and active while you’re pregnant. Some women experience recurring pain and mobility problems, before or after childbirth, caused by a condition known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). This is a fairly common pregnancy-related complaint in which the pelvic joints become unstable, causing mild to severe pain. A programme of hydrotherapy and manipulation can help to treat this effectively.
Sporting activities and exercise have become a regular part of life for many of us. Whether you’re young or more mature, a casual sportsperson, an elite professional, or you just enjoy keeping fit, injury can occur. We use a variety of treatment methods including manual therapy, hydrotherapy, functional rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue massage and postural correction to return you to your pre-injury levels.
Research has shown that warm water against the skin relaxes muscles and dampens nerve impulses travelling from the nerve endings to the brain, alleviating pain effectively and naturally. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuritis, ME and unexplained chronic pain all benefit from this form of therapy.
H2O Physio is ideal for helping people to stay active, healthy and independent for as long as possible. Whether it’s for wellness or rehabilitation, you can enjoy all the benefits of exercise without the risk of injury. Walking in the underwater treadmill is virtually pain-free and reduced body weight eases the pressure on joints so you are able to move more freely. Improved mobility, quicker recovery from surgery and relief from long-term conditions such as arthritis can all be achieved with our training programmes.
Our underwater treadmill provides the ideal way to exercise for weight loss, without the impact on joints and ligaments. The natural buoyancy of the water enables people to feel on average 50% lighter and users find that additional muscle groups are used, helping to improve their core stability. Muscles become more toned, especially legs, bums and tums and this type of therapy works wonders to reduce cellulite. The additional resistance of the water ensures muscles work harder than the equivalent exercise on dry land.
Optispine uses the latest and most advanced physiotherapy techniques and equipment, specifically designed to help people with back and joint problems.
Treatment starts with accurate diagnosis of the problem, followed by effective hands-on therapy to reduce pain and restore function as quickly as possible.
Alongside this, we are able to offer rehabilitation plans for a more long-term solution, including advanced hydrotherapy using underwater treadmills and a specialist 7-step programme.
Heath Mill Road
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