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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Children’s Therapies

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy involves exercising in warm water.

Our hydrotherapy pool is set at a temperature of 35 degrees, and the warmth of the water can ease movements and reduce muscle spasm.

Aquatic therapy advice for patients

Aquatic therapy sessions last about 30 minutes. You do not have to be able to swim, but please let us know beforehand if you are unable to swim.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment. Bring a swimwear, towel and toiletries, and a cold drink.

Safety

  • Please let us know if your medical status has changed
  • Drink water before and after your aquatic therapy: this is important due to the warmth of the water
  • Check your skin and reschedule your appointment if you have any open wounds
  • If you have a foot infection, wear a protective sock
  • Shower before entering the pool
  • Tell us if you begin to feel unwell during your session.
  • Do not attend aquatic therapy if you are feeling unwell
  • Do not enter the water unless a member of staff is present
  • Do not jump into the pool

Privacy

Our changing areas and showers are unisex and separated by curtains at the front of each cubicle. Please keep your swimwear on whilst showering.