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Hydrotherapy: The benefits & pool design for home environments.

When it comes to relaxing after a long day, a nice hot bath is top of the list for many people. Hydrotherapy takes the relaxing effects of warm water and uses it to support rehabilitation and promote bodily functions like circulation and respiration.

Hydrotherapy pools have a water temperature between 33 and 36°C. That’s much warmer than a regular swimming pool, which is typically around 28°C! This creates an ideal environment for the slow and methodical exercises used to rehabilitate injuries and build muscle strength.

The warmth helps the body and muscles to relax and the water supports the user’s body weight. This provides pain relief and takes the strain off joints, making it easier to move and exercise.


Hydrotherapy has been proven to benefit people with a wide range of injuries and conditions, including:

·       Brain or spinal injury

·       Arthritis

·       Fibromyalgia

·       Cerebral Palsy

Hydrotherapy works to detoxify, loosen tight muscles, encourage relaxation, increase the metabolic rate and digestion activity, hydrate cells, improve skin and muscle tone, boost the immune system, and improve the function of the internal organs by stimulating the blood supply.

Plus, exercises can be adapted to suit people with different symptoms, strength, and mobility levels. It’s a very versatile treatment!


Due to the associated benefits, hydrotherapy pools are being included in accessible homes more and more often.

Having a hydrotherapy pool at home can really enhance quality of life for people living with disabilities and long-term conditions. However, it’s likely that the pool will also be used recreationally by other members of the family.

So, how do you design a hydrotherapy pool that’s suitable for both therapeutic and recreational use? Here are four top design tips for hydrotherapy pools in homes:


Hydrotherapy pools need at least 2.7m2 space per person. If the pool will only ever be used by max. two people you can have a compact 5.4m2 design. Whereas if a family want to use the pool together, you’ll need a much larger design.


Therapy jets, lights and handrails are key features included in almost all hydrotherapy pools.  They assist with accessibility and sensory stimulation. In a home setting, you might also want to include a lounge area. This allows the rest of the family to relax whilst one person exercises – you can even add massage beds!

Water cannons and against-the-current jets are also popular for families who want to add some fun features for children.


Home hydrotherapy pools must comply with domestic building regulations rather than commercial ones. This opens up some more flexible design options!

For example, you can choose a skimmer design to filter the hydrotherapy pool. This is cheaper and quicker to construct than the overflow design required in commercial settings.

You can also tailor the design to be accessible for your family rather than to suit general accessibility guidelines. If the main user will be hoisted into the pool, then you may not need a full set of steps. Instead, you could just add a ladder like in public swimming pools.


A final top tip is to always choose a safety cover, especially if you have young children. If someone falls into the pool, these covers stop them falling into the water. It’s a simple way to provide that extra reassurance that your family will be safe around the pool.


As the world grapples with the long term impact of coronavirus and the inevitable shift in attitude that it has prompted - one thought amongst personal injury litigators is that there could be increased demand for hydrotherapy pools as people become less willing to share public spaces and want to put themselves in a position where they are more prepared to cope with long periods of self-isolation in the future .

Whilst we all hope and pray that Coronavirus is a one-off event, there is a genuine prospect of there being future outbreaks of Covid-19 or a new coronavirus strain. 


Think a hydrotherapy pool could be a good addition to your home? Visit for more information and advice.

Hydrotherapy pool image featured, is the hydrotherapy pool at STEPS Rehabilitation.

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