The effectiveness of hydrotherapy treatments for various conditions has been confirmed through research findings

Read on to discover some of the latest research studies and results relating to hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy and exercise in water. 

Research & Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Research has shown that hydrotherapy and aquatic rehabilitation programmes are beneficial for many musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to research published in peer reviewed journals, many foundations, support groups and health associations discuss and advocate the use of hydrotherapy and aquatic rehabilitation for the treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.


Benefits of water therapy

Studies have demonstrated that hydrotherapy and aquatic rehabilitation have multiple benefits for users.

These include:

  • Reduced stress and compression through back and joints​

  • Reduced joint swelling from hydrostatic (water) pressure

  • Improved circulation from hydrostatic (water) pressure

  • Reduction of pain and muscle spasm

  • Improvement and maintenance of joint motion

  • Strengthening of muscles

  • Increased physical fitness and ability to exercise 

  • Ability to progress to land-based exercise

  • Regaining of normal movement patterns

  • Improved balance

  • Improved mobility

  • Improved flexibility

  • Improved co-ordination

  • Improved posture

  • Improved self-confidence

Conditions water therapy may assist with

Water therapy may be helpful for clients suffering from the following conditions:

  • Back Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Hip and Knee Joint Replacement (pre-surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation)

  • Joint Sprains (Knee, Ankle, Shoulder)

  • Shoulder Rehabilitation

  • Fitness Conditioning

  • General Sports Strengthening and Fitness

Below is a list of foundations, support groups and organisations that represent a range of musculoskeletal and health conditions that discuss and advocate hydrotherapy and aquatic rehabilitation.


Visit their websites to find out more about the latest research developments in this area.

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