Water therapy – swimming pool in the Rehabilitation Centre Neuron Małe Gacno

In the premises of the Rehabilitation Centre Neuron – Małe Gacno there is a water area consisting of a rehabilitation pool, a jacuzzi bathtub and a hydrotherapy room – a one-person bathtub and a whirlpool for lower limbs. Patients of our centre have the possibility to take advantage of water activities – pool or hydrotherapy classes during a rehabilitation stay or in the form of outpatient treatments. Water is an excellent environment for conducting therapy and exercises. Due to its properties it has a relaxing effect on the muscles and at the same time, thanks to the resistance it causes, it allows specific muscle groups to be strengthened with appropriately selected exercises. Immersing the body in water has a strong impact on the nervous system, which has many positive effects. Water has a positive effect on joint mobility and the patient’s mental state; in an aquatic environment, the patient becomes more independent.

Indications for water activities:

  • MPD – cerebral palsy
  • Conditions after strokes and craniocerebral trauma
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Spinal and spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Meningo-spinal hernia
  • Postural defects
  • Dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system
  • Various types of sensory hypersensitivity and sensory integration disorders
  • Autism, Asperger’s syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Down syndrome
  • Other neurological disorders

Water therapy takes place in the swimming pool of the Neuron Małe Gacno rehabilitation centre under the supervision of experienced and qualified therapists who have completed, among others, courses in the Halliwick concept.


The Halliwick concept

It is a way of teaching participation in water activities, independent movement in water and swimming to all people, with special attention paid to those with physical difficulties.  This concept is used in many countries around the world and is particularly valued by therapists as one form of comprehensive rehabilitation for children and adults with various disabilities. The main aim of this method is to teach safe and free movement and movement in water, which is achieved by teaching control of head movements, breathing and balance in water.

Pool exercise contributes to:

  • reducing muscle spasms
  • increase joint range of motion
  • improve overall fitness
  • improving coordination
  • strengthening muscle strength

Contraindications to water activities are:

  • Open wounds
  • Tracheostomy
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Pressure too low
  • Unregulated epilepsy
  • Other, justified by the doctor
  • Medical condition

A doctor’s consent is required to participate in water activities  a medical rehabilitation specialist of the Neuron Rehabilitation Centre. The qualification for water therapy is carried out by a doctor and an authorised physiotherapist/therapist of the Neuron Rehabilitation Centre – Małe Gacno. The duration of the classes is 60 minutes (including all activities connected with the preparation for the water therapy). The classes in the pool are held individually between the patient and the therapist.Access to the water area is only possible in swimming pool slippers and a swimming pool wheelchair (provided by the centre)..

For sanitary and safety reasons, children and those who do not report physiological needs or with whom communication is impaired or difficult must wear pampers and specialised neoprene swimming nappies – waterproof and impervious to contents.

Specialised nappies should be purchased prior to arrival at the camp. Purchase is possible at : https://activebabyshop.pl/pieluchy-do-plywania.

Classes may be shortened or the child/patient may not be allowed to participate by the class leader in the event of deterioration/ ill health or infection e.g. runny nose, cough, abdominal pain etc.

  • A surcharge for water therapy in the day package is 80 PLN/hour There is the possibility of including water therapy in the basic price of the holiday, please contact us – we will prepare an individual offer.

The water zone rooms include:

  • Therapeutic pool with counter-current for swimming
  • Jacuzzi tub for patients and carers
  • Cabinet with hydrotherapy bath and whirlpool for lower limbs
  • The aquatic area (swimming pool and hydrotherapy) is equipped with special lifts that allow safe and comfortable access to the pool for patients in wheelchairs.