Rehabilitation Swimming

Physiotherapy, Group Therapies

What is rehabilitation swimming
This type of swimming is a popular procedure particularly among clients with physical disabilities. It takes place in a thermal pool with water approx. 33°C warm. The physiotherapist may assist clients in the water if necessary.

How rehabilitation swimming helps
Because of the buoyancy, temperature and chemical effects of the water, clients with limited mobility may experience relief from their daily sitting, crouching or otherwise deformed position. With the assistance of the physiotherapist, they may stretch their spastic bodies, deepen their breathing, and enjoy a less-limiting water environment where the force of gravity is reduced. The change of position from predominantly vertical into horizontal stimulates the respective brain areas and facilitates movement in uncommon ways. The procedure is also recommended as a part of post-operative rehabilitation in some cases.
 

Medical prescription: required

Exercise pools have railings along the sides so you can hold on to them while training. Some also have a water lift for those handicapped patients who experience difficulty walking the stairs down into the pool. You need not be a swimmer to take place in this group exercise.

Advisable for:

Musculoskeletal diseases, orthopaedic and accident rehabilitation, neurological diseases

Not advisable for:

Dizziness, frequent falls, fresh or recent injury or bleeding, infectious diseases, fever, acute inflammation, epilepsy, acute thrombosis, phlebitis, leg ulcers and other skin defects, severe shortness of breath, heart failure, incontinence, psychosis, alcohol or drug abuse, menstruation, incapacitation

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