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Underwater physio kit finds success worldwide.

A Shropshire steel working company has found worldwide success with its new invention - an underwater exercise machine used for physiotherapy.

The Hydrophysio, which can be used by both humans and dogs, was created by Syspal, a stainless steel company more used to working with the food and pharmaceutical industries.

But it has proved a surprise hit, with orders flooding in from across the world.

Syspal director Chris Truman said he hoped the international demand for the new Hydrophysio would create more jobs at the company, which employs 127 people in Broseley.

Industrial designer Mr Truman said: "The benefits of exercising in water have been well known for centuries, although until now have not been widely available to the general population.

"Now, veterinary practices, hospitals and rehabilitation centres from all over the world are taking advantage of our unique hydrotherapy products.

"Canine hydrotherapy came first as a result of purchasing a veterinary business and developing the product range. Working closely with veterinarians we developed an innovative hydrotherapy system providing the features they required, which is now widely accepted as the best system available in the world today. As a result of this several international patents were filed and the brand Hydrophysio established.

"The human version started with the development of the Hydrophysio Lifestyle Trainer; again this was developed in collaboration with medical professionals to provide an improved environment for training and rehabilitation."

The Lifestyle Trainer features a curved glass enclosure and underwater treadmill, together with underwater lighting and resistance jets, where training staff can get a full view of how the patient is moving - helping with the detection and treatment of injuries.

Mr Truman said there were huge possibilities for the machine, both in hospitals for rehabilitation of patients, as well as in universities, gyms and sporting clubs for training purposes.

And it can be used to treat dogs and other small pets which have been injured or overweight.

The human trainers, which cost from pounds 35,000 to pounds 55,000, were launched at the Medica exhibition in Dusseldorf last November.

And orders have already come in from Greece, Italy and the USA.

Mr Truman said: "It appears that foreign countries are more prepared to invest money in keeping fit and healthy than we are in Great Britain.

"With the 2012 Olympics based here, the Hydrophysio could be just the thing to help our British athletes boost both their fitness and endurance whilst reducing the risk of injury," he added.

Syspal was helped move into the export market by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), part of Business Link.
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