An exercise pool is a swimming pool that is specifically designed for therapeutic purposes. It is also called a therapy pool, aquatherapy pool or hydrotherapy pool. Exercise baths are typically used by medical professionals such as physical therapists, sports medicine doctors or chiropractors to treat and rehabilitate physical ailments and injuries.
The water temperature in an exercise pool is usually higher than in a traditional swimming pool, typically between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius. This is because warmer temperatures can help promote muscle relaxation, reduce pain, and improve range of motion. The water also provides buoyancy, making it easier to perform movements without putting pressure on joints or muscles.
Exercise bath therapy can be used for a variety of conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, stroke, musculoskeletal injuries and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Exercises in the exercise pool can improve strength and flexibility, relieve pain and increase mobility.
Exercise bath therapy is usually led by a qualified medical professional and can be carried out as part of a wider rehabilitation plan or as a standalone treatment.