Hydrotherapy is the use of water at
an increased temperature for the maintenance of health, the treatment of
disability, the relief of pain and the promotion of physical wellbeing.
St. Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool is
heated and maintained at 32˚ Celsius, which is approximately 6˚ higher than a
regular pool. The surrounding poolside air temperature is maintained at 29˚ Celsius.
The higher water temperature helps to lessen muscle stiffness, ease muscle
spasm and reduce pain, which allows for a wider range of motion and more
effective rehabilitation following injuries and surgery.
Hydrotherapy can also improve
balance, motor skills, co-ordination, posture and gait. For wheelchair users,
the warm water allows freedom of movement that they would otherwise find
Water provides an ideal environment for
creating enjoyable social experiences for children. Providing a setting in
which children with disabilities can move more freely allows them to exercise
more control over the extent, duration and content of a therapy session. This
means, for example, that they can move away, disengage or reach out for objects
as they please. Furthermore, water play is a multi-faceted learning activity that
can diffuse the severity of a complex activity for a disabled child or adult.
Pool Open Sessions
We have 3
parent/toddler sessions running per week.
The cost is
€10 per session which includes 1 adult and 1 child. If there are 2 adults and 1
child it is €20 or if there is 1 adult and 2 children it is also €20.
sessions are suitable for children between the ages of 0 and school going age
(4 or 5years)
Open Public Sessions
Group times available on request
For further information on
the hydrotherapy pool, please contact:
Nickie Quaid, Acting Pool