What is Hydrotherapy?
This is a pool therapy program which is designed by your physiotherapist to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, i.e. treat any soft tissue or bony injury and to improve fitness and endurance. Aquatic physiotherapy involves exercising the arms, legs and trunk in various positions in the water. Aids to facilitate or resist movement may be used. Hands – on treatment techniques may also be employed by the physiotherapist. You do not need to be a swimmer to enjoy the benefits of aquatic physiotherapy.
Aims and Benefits
Through the specific properties of water and the nature of exercise, these include:
- Reduction in pain
- Decreased muscle pain and guarding
- Decreased swelling and improved circulation
- Increased range of movement, flexibility and muscle strength
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved fitness and endurance
- Improved postural control
- Improved psychological well-being as well as motivation
How is Hydrotherapy different to other Aqua Classes?
Physiotherapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of injuries involving the nerves, muscles and bones. Prior to commencing aquatic physiotherapy, a detailed assessment is taken of your condition, so that an appropriate program may be prescribed for you which is tailored to your specific needs. The sessions are all supervised by our physiotherapists, so that constant monitoring may be made of your condition and your progress. If required, reports may be written to your treating medical specialists, so that they are aware of your program and your progress. If you join our group sessions, you can also enjoy the social contact with others who are also undergoing rehabilitation of their varied conditions. As our aquatic physiotherapy is prescribed and supervised by physiotherapists, you may claim for this service through your health fund to receive a rebate and save costs.
Hydrotherapy may be used to benefit many conditions. These include:
- ORTHOPAEDIC CONDITIONS such as fractures, joint replacements, muscle or bony injuries.
- SPINAL CONDITIONS such as disc injuries, joint or nerve pain, or after surgery.
- JOINT PAIN including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.
- NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, head injuries.
- CARDIAC REHABILITATION for general conditioning or post heart attack or cardiac surgery.
- OBSTETRIC CONDITIONS for example back or pelvic girdle pain and general fitness during pregnancy.
- LONG TERM DISABILITIES for example strengthening and conditioning exercise.
- WEIGHT LOSS.
- GENERAL FITNESS.