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Does anyone know about hydrotherapy?

Hi.

I'm new here, a (young at heart) 60 year old female. I have scoliosis and osteoarthritis, in pretty much constant pain.

Waiting for facet spinal injection.

Would love to meet up with people with similar conditions.

I'm particularly interested in Hydrotherapy.

Thanks

Ros

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Hi RosR

I have RA and am a huge advocate of hydrotherapy.

I have had numerous sessions and loved every second of it, I was referred by my rheumy which had a prescription of 10 sessions over a period of a number of weeks or unlimited use over a month.As my nearest hydro pool is 78 miles round trip it was difficult to commit esp as my hubby used to take me. But I managed it.

I have had to give it up,for a while as I have had open ulcerated blisters on my leg so not the right thing to do. until it clears up.When it does I will be going back.

The pool sessions were great.Warm water over 30 degrees doing exercises under supervision of physios giving you best advice was absolutely the best .It was incredible the movements you could do,in the warm water with the water bearing the weight of your body,

The hardest bit was having to leave the pool.

Try it I dont think you would be disappointed.

Take care.

Crusee

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Would completely agree with Crusee. I completed a course of hydro recently and thought it was great. You should try it!

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Thanks so much for your reply.

The problem now is to find somewhere not too far away with a hydrotherapy pool as I am struggling to find anywhere.

Regards

Ros

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me too it's a long way to go I didn't no u could go urself I had to be refered I can't drive far and hubby takes do much time off work to take me to hosp app s

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Where do you live Margaret?

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Sorry Margarete

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Thanks so much for your reply. The problem now is to find somewhere not too far away with a hydrotherapy pool as I am struggling to find anywhere.

78 miles round trip - wow!!! Unfortunately my husband's abroad at the moment so couldn't rely on him.

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My pool was at the hospital where my rheumy was based at Gobowen,Nr Oswestry.

It Is only when I Started going and talking to others there that I found out just how few and far between these hydo pools are .Hope you can find somewhere convenient to do this. The only other place available were spa pools .While nice to lol about it in the warm water,they were not big enough to swin in or do exercises,

All the best.

Crusee

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Thanks agaiin. I'might near London so will make some phone calls tomorrow and hope

Ros

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Hi RosR

I've done hydrotherapy for three years now, absolutely love it as I wouldn't be able to do exercise on dry land! I find it incredible how different I feel in the water and how much easier it is to move and how much stronger it's made my muscles. The number of pools is getting sadly smaller as NHS funding is cut, there is one at Northwick Park hospital in Harrow, another in Richmond run by the council I think...Chelsea and Westminster hospital has one. I tend to know more about west London as I'm based in this area.

Hope that helps and hope you find something

Best

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iv had hydrotherapy for my knees and pain . I had 6 sessions on nh but it was a long way away I had it agsin yrs later but ubless u have it all time the pain is always there x I think buying g a hot tub is a lot better I'm thinking of getting one x

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Would love some sessions ANYWHERE to explain what to do correctly then like you could consider a hot tub, but can you do the exercises without help?Thanks Ros

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Hi, I have had a 10 week course at the hospital. Since the course ended I joined a local gym that has a hydrotherapy pool. I do the exercise the physio gave me and this is really beneficial. I love being in the warm water and would recommend you give it a go.

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I'm desperate to give it a go but having problems finding anywhere. Can I ask where you live?

Thanks Ros

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I live in Bolton, near Manchester. I use the Total Fitness Gym they have hydrotherapy pools. Is there one in your area?

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I'm so thrilled. After two days searching I found one about 40 mins away by public transport.

Assessment and trial tomorrow.

Thanks again for your help

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Can I ask where you are Inca?

Thanks

Ros

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I swim almost everyday and it has reduced my need for painkillers the benefits of excersise cannot be underestimated for mental and physical health

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What stroke do you do? I can only do breaststroke which makes back pain worse.

I do flap around on my back but find it difficult and unrewarding.

Thanks Ros

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It was just a case of starting slowly with walking and gentle slow strokes. I actually strarted with swimming lessons as they were included in the gym referral from the dr.

So from swimming less than 20 metres in October I can now rattle out lengths front and back and breaststroke..... but it had taken since September.

Rember it's easier to do stretches and full range of joint movements in the water to.

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Thanks. Would so love to get back to breastbone without it hurting. Will start slowly with walking

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Hydrotherapy is great! Some private hospitals have hydro pools which can be used for a fee. Our nearest is Bournemouth Nuffield hospital. Hope you find one near you.

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Thanks. Will contact Nuffield for nearer ones.

Ros

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Hydrotherapy is sooo wonderful. It helped ease my pain when my RA was at it's worse. I never wanted to leave the water as when I did, the pain would return. I could of lived in that warm water if the therapist would have let me.

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Completely agree with Crusee. I go once a week to our local leisure centre. We have the choice of 3 different sessions & we can go to as many as we want.

I've been going just over a year now. Love the feeling of being in the water no strain on joints it's lovely. At our centre everyone has different excersises to suit your needs.

Try it, but dont over do it in the water as i did. Because you dont feel pain so much you forget until you get out & a few hours after so just do it gently. Alison x

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Thanks. I FINALLY found a physio run pool that's not too far away. First session today

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I live in Twickenham and the local swimming pool in Teddington has an hydrotherapy pool; and it is brilliant. It is the only way I can get to exercise my muscles as the water takes the weight off my legs, I had to arrange a GP letter saying I could use it safely on my own as previously it was with the physiotherapists from Teddington Hospital, I only has 6 courses with them but it is worth paying to use it now.

If you can find one locally I recommend it.

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Thanks so much Stephen. I finally found a place run by physiotherapists whichis not too far from me.

I've had an assessment and i'n now abroad for two weeks but definitely intend on starring when I return to London.

Really grateful for your reply.

Ros

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