Congratulations to Anastasia Giljazova, Senior Neurological Physiotherapist with Physio Matters who recently undertook the ATACP Accredited Foundation Course in Aquatic Therapy. The two-day course was held at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, focusing on equipping physiotherapists with the knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to safely carry out water-based rehabilitation.
What is ATACP and Aquatic Therapy?
ATACP is the Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, which is a professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. It promotes water-based therapy, through education, clinical skills, research and publications.
Aquatic Therapy, which is sometimes referred to as Hydrotherapy, uses the properties of water within a physiotherapy programme to improve an individual’s function. The benefits can be physical, physiological, or psychological. The ATACP also advises that: “Treatments should be carried out by appropriately trained personnel, ideally in a purpose built, and suitably heated aquatic physiotherapy pool”.
Putting Theory into Practice
Anastasia’s training involved four sessions which were a mix of theoretical and practical. Theoretical sessions included hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles and the physiological effects of aquatic physiotherapy, as well as pool management, safety precautions and emergency procedures. The practical sessions engaged participants physically by applying muscle strengthening, stretching techniques and joint mobility, as well as involving rhythmic stabilisations and patient handling skills.
As the final day ended, Anastasia gave a demonstration of the practical techniques she had learned in the pool, discussed alternative techniques, and considered devising treatment plans and relaxation techniques for her clients.
Improving Client Rehab with Aquatic Therapy
As a qualified physiotherapist, Anastasia was experienced in providing aquatic therapy or ‘hydrotherapy’ to a range of clients, but thanks to the course, she now has more specialist knowledge of aquatic therapy techniques.
She explained: “Before I took the course, I used the hydrotherapy pool like I would a gym, with exercises and rehab work as many physios do. However, the foundation training has given me much more knowledge of how to use the properties of water such as buoyancy, density, immersion, drag and metacentric effect. This has allowed me to treat our clients more effectively and help them get even more out of their water-based sessions.”
“The course has given me more confidence in my knowledge and practice, which I can use to benefit our clients,” added Anastasia. “They love hydrotherapy because even though we work hard, it’s fun to be in the water. They also really enjoy the relaxation at the end of the session, which they consider a treat rather than a treatment.”
At Physio Matters, we regularly provide aquatic therapy or hydrotherapy sessions as part of our clients’ rehabilitation as it provides many benefits. It has a relaxing impact on clients, puts less strain on joints and enables excellent muscular workouts. Aquatic therapy or hydrotherapy is a common treatment for people with muscular pain, joint aches, circulation problems, rheumatism and arthritis.
Check out our Physio Active page to discover more about our hydrotherapy services.
Visit ATACP to find out more about aquatic therapy.