Hydrotherapy is a physiotherapy treatment modality that uses water to aid pain relief and mobility for a variety of conditions including arthritis, post-operative and rheumatic complaints. It is different to normal swimming as you perform a variety of specific exercises in a warm-water pool (temperature 34-36 degrees). Treatment is usually carried out by a physiotherapist with specific training in hydrotherapy. This specific training enables the physiotherapist to utilise the properties of water to aid pain relief, movement, balance, co-ordination and strength gains whilst acknowledging your specific condition and the limitations this may bring.

The specific properties of the water that may aid your recovery include:

  • Relaxation of muscles due to the warmth of the water
  • Pain is eased by the warmth of the water
  • The buoyancy of water supports your body weight, increasing the loading through the body and helping joint movements.
  • Water can be used to provide resistance to movements to help improve strength and movement.

Hydrotherapy can be useful if many of your joints are affected. It is a useful treatment modality that can target many joints in one treatment session. It is commonly used after joint replacement surgery, for paediatric conditions or for back pain, AS and other forms of arthritis.

Please note: There is no Hydrotherapy facility at the Chelmsford Clinic.

To arrange an appointment or speak to a physiotherapist, call or email on:

Southend on Sea: 01702 521 042 or info@physioacademy.co.uk
Chelmsford: 01245 254 069 or chelmsford@physioacademy.co.uk

Registered with...

Insurance providers...

Top 3 Physio Clinic Award 2023

Get in touch...

  • Southend Clinic
  • Chelmsford Clinic
To book an appointment at our Southend clinic or if you have any questions in regards to any of the services we offer please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Our teams are highly experienced in treating a range of conditions.
Read more
Sports injuries
Sports and regular exercise is good for your health, but can sometimes result in injuries.
Read more
Sports massage
Sports and Deep tissue massage help loosen tight muscles and aid with relaxtion.
Read more
The traditional art of chinese medicine, used to help with pain relief.
Read more
Pre & post op physio
Physiotherapy intervention can be invaluable before and after surgery.
Read more

We've worked with...