Hydrotherapy is now available for children attending The Opportunity centre!
We are delighted to say that through a partnership with The Orchard Trust we are able to make use of the pool at their Stowefield Site in Lydbrook, which is just a few miles from The Opportunity Centre. Options to attend hydrotherapy sessions in Gloucestershire are limited and children in the Forest of Dean often face a long journey to the pool at Milestone School in Gloucester. Having our own minibus means we can take our children just a few miles to the pool once a fortnight offering a great experience with less travelling time.
Hydrotherapy is beneficial to some of our children whose condition leaves them with tight muscles and pain. The warm water is relaxing, relieves pain and supports body weight enabling them to move in ways not possible out of the water. This activity in turn improves co-ordination and muscle strength helping to develop gross motor control. Movement in the water and water pressure can also help to reduce residual lung capacity for children and young people with chest problems. This enables more efficient lung function and reduces the risk of chest infections developing.
The pool we use is at the Stowfield Day Service Centre for special needs is run by the Orchard Trust, a local charity who provide care and support for adults with additional needs. In addition to the hydro pool, the Centre has a Rebound trampoline we can use for Rebound physiotherapy and a fully accessible activity park, sensory garden, smallholding, woodland walk and outdoor classroom.
Keeping your child safe is our priority during these activities and therefore during hydrotherapy each child receives one to one support whilst in the water and around the pool area. We have an additional staff member to assist transfer into the pool and changing etc. along side a qualified lifeguard who is always poolside.
Hydrotherapy has previously been funded by a grant and we are hopeful this financial support will continue into the next school year. Hydrotherapy bring many benefits to the health and wellbeing of children and young people with a range of disabilities and health conditions