Research is to be carried out to determine the effectiveness of aquatic physiotherapy for those with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The project is based at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and will see 100 individuals evaluated over a four-year period.
It is hoped that the treatment will bring about an increase in balance for people with MS, while also reducing fatigue levels.
Ed Holloway, head of care and services research at the MS Society, said: "It's vital that we are funding research that looks at how simple things, such as aquatic physiotherapy, can really impact people's quality of life."
So far there has been little investigation into the effectiveness of aquatic physiotherapy, but this project could reverse the trend.
Lynn Meakins, who has been receiving the treatment for the past 18 months, said she was initially sceptical, but now thinks it is wonderful and has helped to improve her balance.
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