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jburger83

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Does anyone have access to hydrotherapy as part of their physio programme? Where can I start to look in the UK? I have found the pools, attached to special needs’ schools, but want a private therapist to do 1:1 sessions at the weekends/holidays as a change from regular physio. Is there a professional association I could go through?

07 February 2015 10:35 AM # 1

AlwaysRunning

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Hi my son’s school has a hydrotherapy pool so he has it once a week at school. We went to Brainwave and they did a hydrotherapy programme for us to do at home. Initially we struggled to find a pool warm enough but we found a private pool near to us that was very warm and they allow us to book a session each week.

I’m not aware of any list of hydropools in the UK. There was a physio on the Garden who did a blog post about Aqua Therapy it might be worth pm’ing her - even if she is not near to you she might have some contacts.

http://community.fireflyfriends.com/blog/article/a-little-bit-about-aquatic-physiotherapy

Her username on here is Vickycrouch

07 February 2015 07:46 PM # 2

jburger83

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Thanks, I will try that. There is a hospice near us that has one, but only open to use on weekdays and I work so can’t ever get him there then.

08 February 2015 04:25 AM # 3

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We love warm water therapy, have been doing it now for a little over 4 years and it makes a big difference in muscle tone after.  We’re really excited to try a new pool that just opened up less than about 5 blocks away from us, that is a saline and warm water pool, which we try for the first time later this month.  We are hopeful that it may even be more beneficial than the pool we are using now that is completely chlorine dependent.

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08 February 2015 02:00 PM # 4

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If you could find somewhere like the place we go near to you it would be ideal. It’s a pool in the grounds of their home and they now run a swim school from it - it’s very quiet and private. We pay for our younger son to have a private swim lesson then they allow us to use the rest of the pool at no extra charge.

There is a respite centre for people who have brain injuries a 5 minute walk from our house and I found out very recently they have a hydropool but they were going to charge me £80 a session!!!!!! But it’s worth looking at places that you might not immediately think would have one. Also worth checking your local leisure centre they may have toddler sessions where they increase the heat of the water. I found this bit hit and miss - in that the water was never as hot as they said it was.

09 February 2015 11:58 AM # 5

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Hi JBurger83,

I am a physiotherapist who does hydrotherapy. Would you mind if I asked which county you live in if you don’t mind sharing this info? I have put together a list of hydrotherapy pools but it is mainly South West area of England and I don’t know if this is any help to you? You can also go to physio2u and seach hydrotherapy/ aqua therapists in your area. 

There are hydro pools where you can have a physio complete the hydro session there is definitley one in Bristol and I am sure in other areas too.

09 February 2015 01:52 PM # 6

jburger83

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Thanks PhysioSW. We are in Hertfordshire, so not quite close enough to you. However I hadn’t thought about contacting Physio2U so thanks for that suggestion. I came across a flyer for an adult physio/hydrotherapist locally last week and will give her a ring too. Would it have to be a paediatric neuro physio in particular or would others be able to help?

09 February 2015 01:55 PM # 7

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I would think if they are happy to offer hydro to children then they will be able to help you so no it doesn’t necessrily have to be a paediatric specialist. I will look and see if I have any info on pools in Hertfordshire and get back to you.

23 February 2015 03:17 PM # 8

PhysioSW

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Hello all,

We have just found out about an exciting charity called level water.http://www.levelwater.org/
They provide free one-to-one lessons for children with disabilities.

They are based in England and have instructors all over the country.

Children will learn the basics of frontcrawl, backstroke and breaststroke, and to swim at least 10m unaided.

This is usually 25-50 lessons in total, or twice a week for one or two terms.

Level Water supports children who are:

- Aged 4 to 11

- Physically disabled

- Cannot swim 10m

They do not currently work with children who have a learning or behavioural difficulty

They tend to have certain pools that they work from but I do know that a family has found an instructor near them who will be visiting the hydro pool that the family use already.

24 February 2015 05:03 AM # 9

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PhysioSW - 23 February 2015 03:17 PM

Hello all,

We have just found out about an exciting charity called level water.http://www.levelwater.org/
They provide free one-to-one lessons for children with disabilities.

They are based in England and have instructors all over the country.

Children will learn the basics of frontcrawl, backstroke and breaststroke, and to swim at least 10m unaided.

This is usually 25-50 lessons in total, or twice a week for one or two terms.

Level Water supports children who are:

- Aged 4 to 11

- Physically disabled

- Cannot swim 10m

They do not currently work with children who have a learning or behavioural difficulty

They tend to have certain pools that they work from but I do know that a family has found an instructor near them who will be visiting the hydro pool that the family use already.

 

Really great resource, thank you so much for posting.

 

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30 April 2015 12:40 PM # 10

Becca T

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Very interesting thread! My daughter has had some hydro in the US. We are on waiting list to start at a local hospital pool with the child development PT here in N Ireland. I’m going to look into Level Water charity also that was shared, thank you!

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