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Welcome to Harestane Hydro

Hydro PoolHarestane Hydro Pool is the latest exciting addition to Harestane Care Home. Our pool is at a constant one metre depth (waist height) enabling clients who are not confident swimmers to feel the vast benefits of hydrotherapy.  There is also a ramp with handrails allowing access to the pool without the requirement of cumbersome and undignified equipment.

Once in the water bathers will enjoy water temperatures of 34 - 35ºC.  In case you want to take it easy and unwind, there is a whirlpool jet spa with seating built into the pool.  For those of you wishing simply to watch the world go by we have created a great viewing / cafe area where customers and visitors are always welcome to grab a comfy seat and enjoy a coffee.

Harestane Hydro literally has something to offer everyone, from a leisurely swim to Aqua Aerobics.  From swimming lessons for all ages to full water based physiotherapy and sports injury treatment. Not forgetting we also host Water Babies classes almost every day of the week too. Please visit their website for much more useful information regarding classes and availability at www.waterbabies.co.uk

What is hydrotherapy, and how does it differ from swimming?

Swimming itself has many health benefits. It is enjoyable and it particularly helps people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders because the water supports their joints while they are exercising. Some swimming pools reserve special entry times for people with joint problems.

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of a range of conditions, including arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises which take place in a warm-water pool, usually within a purpose built centre. The water temperature is usually 33–37ºC, which is much warmer than normal swimming pools.

People who might benefit from hydrotherapy are referred by their doctor or rheumatology nurse specialist to a physiotherapist, who then decides if hydrotherapy is a suitable treatment. Not all physiotherapy departments have a hydrotherapy pool, so you may have to travel to another hospital for treatment.

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?

The warm temperature of the water allows your muscles to relax and eases the pain in your joints. This makes it easier to exercise.

The water supports your weight. This helps to relieve pain in your joints and can also increase the range of movement of your joints. By pushing your arms and legs against the water you can also improve your muscle strength.

Who benefits most from hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy can greatly benefit the following: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sports Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Strokes, Post surgical rehabilitation, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Usually people who have arthritis in several joints find most benefit from hydrotherapy. This is because all the joints can be exercised easily in the warm supportive water. Hydrotherapy also helps people who feel pain when walking, since the water provides extra support.

Hydrotherapy is sometimes used after joint replacement surgery and for people with back pain or ankylosing spondylitis.