We are extremely lucky to have a hydrotherapy pool on site. We use this pool to teach our pupils to swimming and for specific hydrotherapy for our more complex pupils. The hydrotherapy pool to kept at 34 degrees and the air temperature at 35 degrees.
The school is committed to high-quality swimming provision, recognising the opportunities it offers our children to develop confidence, skills and fitness as well as enjoy and achieve. We have always allocated significant resources and time to ensure all of the children have a weekly swim.
What is Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic whole-body treatment that involves moving and exercising in water; essentially physiotherapy in a pool.
Hydrotherapy offers tangible benefits to the health and wellbeing of children and young people with a range of disabilities and health conditions:
- The warmth of the water has an effect on the individual neuro-muscular junctions which results in decreased muscle tone and decreased spasticity.
- Buoyancy of the water is used to assist movement of joints – which is either more difficult or painful on dry land.
- Movement in the water and water pressure helps to reduce residual lung capacity for children and young people with chest problems. This enables more efficient lung function and reduces the risk of chest infections developing.
- Creating turbulence around an extremity (i.e. arm or leg) can increase their awareness of the limb and help with mobility – both in the water and later on dry land.
- Multi-sensory environment helps stimulate the senses whilst calming children with sensory and learning difficulties.