As it was the first session I was only in there for half an hour (it's usually 45 minutes). I had to walk in the water, which wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. 'Hang' off the edge of the pool supported by my arms and letting my legs dangle (to stretch the spine). Then, like a pendulum, I had to move my legs from side to side. Oh, and also twist gently from side to side. I finished off with some 'core strength' exercises, some more walking and then the session ended. I felt like a dead weight coming out of the pool, but I really enjoyed it.
My right butt and leg (down to my foot) hurt, as well as my lumbar spine, but it wasn't unbearable. I do feel tired now and will go and lie down (with my paper, tv, ciggies and a coffee).
I am on a phased return at work and my line manager wants me to do 4 half days next week (I do hope Thursday afternoon isn't one of them cos I will just want to fall asleep!).
I thought these sessions were for 6-8 weeks only. It turns out I was wrong. The first 6-8 weeks is for individual sessions and then, after that, you get transferred into the bigger group session. I don't know how many weeks that's for. I told my manager that hydrotherapy would only last up to 8 weeks - looks like I'll have to up-date her when I go in next week. They are supposed to give me time to attend these sessions, so that's good.
I'm looking forward to next weeks' session now.
If any of you have had hydrotherapy, over how many weeks did you attend? I'd be interested to get some feedback on this, thanks.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!