Wirral Hydro Physiotherapy
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Current research




Silva LE, Valim V, Pessanha AP, Oliveira LM, Myamoto S, Jones A, Natour J (2008) Hydrotherapy versus conventional land-based exercise for the management of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomised controlled trial,  Phys Ther.  Vol. 88, Issue 1, pp12-21



Both water-based and land-based exercises reduced knee pain and increased knee function in participants with OA of the knee. Hydrotherapy was superior to land-based exercise in relieving pain before and after walking during the last follow-up. Water-based exercises are a suitable and effective alternative for the management of OA of the knee.

Giaquinto, S. et al. (2010)  Hydrotherapy after total hip arthroplasty: A follow-up study Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp92 - 95



Pain, stiffness and function were all positively affected. The benefits at discharge still remained after 6 months. We conclude that HT is recommended after THA in a geriatric population.

Giaquinto, S. et al. (2010)  Hydrotherapy after total knee arthroplasty. A follow-up study, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp59 - 63

Pain, stiffness and function were all positively affected. The benefits gained by the time of discharge were still found after six months. HT is recommended after TKA in a geriatric population.




McVeigh, JG. McGaughney, H.  Hall, M.  Kane, P.  (2008). The Effectiveness of Hydrotherapy in the Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome  Rheumatology International, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp119-130.


Conclusion: Positive outcomes were reported for pain, health-status and tender point count. There is strong evidence for the use of hydrotherapy in the management of FMS.




Mooventhan A, Nivethitha L. (2014)  Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy on Various Systems of the Body  North American Journal of Medical Sciences  Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp199-209.

Based on available literature, this review suggests that hydrotherapy was widely used to improve immunity and for the management of pain, MI, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma, PD, AS, RA, FMS, fatigue, anxiety, obesity, hypercholesterolemia.
Eversden L, Maggs F, Nightingale P, Jobanputra P (2007)  A pragmantic randomised controlled trial hydrotherapy and land exercises on the overall well being and quality of the life in rheumoid arthritis  BMC Musculoskelet Disord. Vol. 8, Issue 23



Patients with RA treated with hydrotherapy are more likely to report feeling much better or very much better than those treated with land exercises immediately on completion of the treatment programme.

Useful Links:
http://www.fmauk.org/   -   Fibromyalgia UK
http://www.paintoolkit.org/  -  Educational resource for people living with persistent pain
http://www.bodyinmind.org/ted-tedx-why-things-hurt-ted-talk-lorimer-moseley/  -  Lorimer Moseley (clinical neuroscientist and specialist in peristent pain)  15 minute Tedx Talk entitled 'Why Things Hurt'

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