Frequently asked questions
Will Fluid Motion work for my condition or problem?
Although aquatic therapy in community pools is relatively new, research studies have shown that aquatic exercise can be more effective than conservative methods of pain management and rehabilitation. Aquatic rehabilitation can help conditions such as lower back pain, hip and knee arthritis, fibromyalgia, post-surgery hip and knee rehabilitation, ankle injuries, shoulder injuries and a multitude of other musculoskeletal conditions. In many research studies participants have reported that aquatic rehabilitation resulted in less pain during and after sessions contributing to longer-term reductions in pain, improvement in mobility and strength. You can read about these studies in the benefits & research section of the website or contact us for an informal chat.
Do I need to be an able swimmer to take part in classes?
No. Your programme can be adapted so that individuals with little swimming experience can confidently engage in sessions. Instructors are always in the water with the whole class for guidance and safety purposes. It is possible go through an entire six week programme without leaving shallow water.
Do I need to be referred by my doctor or physiotherapist?
No. Sessions are led by qualified practitioners who will assess you during a poolside meeting before your first session. They will identify a aquatic rehabilitation programme specifically for your needs. The session instructor will advise you if there is any need to seek further advice from your doctor.
What do I need to wear in the pool?
Usual swimwear is fine. Some participants prefer to also wear a sports t-shirt or swimming top (surfing rash vest). It is important to us that you are comfortably dressed and warm in the water.
How many sessions will I need?
We recommend a six week programme of one or two sessions per week for most conditions. Research indicates that for some musculoskeletal conditions longer programmes will be more effective at delivering longer-term benefits. The number of sessions you will need will depends on your specific condition. Our aim during the six week programme is to equip you with the skills to enable you to continue your programme independently, or with friends, at times better suited to your lifestyle.
Will I be fit enough to take part in the session?
Yes. Individual programmes are tailored to your level of fitness. Whether you are returning to exercise, or a seasoned athlete, we can work with your needs.
Will I get too cold?
No. The programme takes into consideration the average temperature of the local pool. Aqua rehabilitation strengthening and conditioning exercises are mixed with body-temperature raising activities to make sure everyone is at a comfortable temperature during sessions. If you do feel cold in the pool we will investigate using neoprene jackets (scuba jackets) to make sure you keep warm!