Public Hydrotherapy Pools: The answer to improved health and mobility in rural areas?

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Do you have an injury, arthritis, poor mobility, poor circulation? Do you have problems with poor access to most public swimming pools (ie you need a ramp and/or stairs, not ladders), or do you need learn to swim classes or water aerobics classes?

Do you live in the Richmond Valley area of NSW? Would you or someone you know benefit from a public Hydrotherapy Pool as part of a new/revamped public swimming complex at Casino?

Are you a traveller? Would you decide to visit the Richmond Valley (where Casino is located), because there was a hydrotherapy pool, open 52 weeks of the year, that you could access? 

There are a few heated pools in the region, but they are generally around 27 degrees, and aren’t classified as hydrotherapy pools.

I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years, and 27 degrees is way too cool (I get cramps before I have a chance to warm up), whereas a hydrotherapy pool is usually between 32 - 35 degrees, sometimes warmer...and you can feel your muscles relaxing as you enter the water. Exercising in a hydrotherapy pool is the only way I can exercise without flaring up the RA and being unable to do much for days while I recover. I can exercise without pain in the hydro pool, and I feel and move better for days afterwards.

I currently have a medical referral for 6 visits to the one and only hydro pool available in the area (at a private hospital). The 6 visits will have to do me for 12 months, before I can get a referral for another 6 visits. I'm having a knee replacement in a few weeks, and have to do a lot of extra work to build my muscle strength because I haven't been able to exercise properly for a long time. My physio said I really need access to a hydrotherapy pool it's the only exercise option that works for me. 

I know a lot of people in similar circumstances, many are much worse, so I’ve started this petition to show the Richmond Valley Council how badly a Hydrotherapy Pool is needed, and how it will not only benefit the local community, but may also help increase tourism, by offering the most up-to-date public facilities in the region.

Who wins if we can get a hydrotherapy pool? The whole community!! 

Who loses if we can't get enough support? The whole community!!

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Health and Healing Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain

The weightlessness you feel when under water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land. Plus, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever which will further reduce muscle soreness. Incorporating hydrotherapy as part of a fitness regime is a great way to recover after a day's training.

2. Rehabilitates injured muscles

Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and so alleviating pain. The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints.

3. Boosts the immune system

The increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells around the body allows lymph (an immune system fluid that helps collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body more efficiently and therefore strengthens the immune system, helping to fight colds and illnesses.

4. Relieves stress

Hydrotherapy treatment can help reduce blood pressure caused by stress. It may also slow down the body’s reaction to anxiety and release endorphins – a natural stress fighter.

It promotes well being and improves general fitness and mobility, especially good for people with arthritis, injuries, poor circulation etc. Also great for young kids learning to swim and people wanting to lose weight (water aerobics classes).