Hydrotherapy, also called Aquatic Physiotherapy, is injury rehabilitation completed entirely in water in a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool. Temperature of the pool: 34°C. All our sessions are directed by an experienced Physiotherapist. We have significant Physiotherapy experience in treating various injuries and chronic conditions for all ages.
The Physiotherapist will design and direct you through a specific exercise program for your injury or condition. This type of rehabilitation often commences sooner than may otherwise be possible on land. The buoyancy of the water allows for low impact exercise which takes pressure off joints. You can alter the intensity of the session, the faster and harder you work the more resistance there is.
The aim of Aquatic Physiotherapy is to decrease pain, increase range of movement and flexibility as well as develop muscle strength and general fitness. Aquatic Physiotherapy can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other rehabilitation program, often it is used as a stepping stone to climb to progress to a land-based exercise program.
Hydrotherapy is different to other forms of land-based physiotherapy as the warm water not only takes the weight off your body but also provides a relaxing environment to complete gentle exercises without aggravating your injury.
Build up Strength and Improve Movement
At times Physiotherapy, regular exercises and massage therapy may exacerbate injuries or chronic problems however Aquatic Physiotherapy or Hydrotherapy may help as with less pain completing the exercise this will allow you to build up strength and improve movement and progress onto land-based exercises and activities.
Therapeutic benefits of Aquatic Physiotherapy
- Muscular relaxation/ reduction of muscles spasms
- Decrease / progress of weight bearing
- Improvements in swelling due to hydro static pressure
- Buoyancy in the water reduced the effects of gravity, allow increase range of motion
- The resistance of the water allows for ability to improve muscle strength and endurance
- Improve balance and core stability
- Improved general fitness
- You can alter the intensity of the session, the faster and harder you work the more resistance there is, this allows the program to be progressed when required
Facts about Hydrotherapy
- Temperature of the pool: 34°C
- Can be for rehabilitation or exercise
- Appropriate for all ages
- All your sessions are directed by an experienced Physiotherapist
What conditions would benefit from Aquatic Physiotherapy:
- Neck/ Lower back pain or Post (after) Spinal surgery
- Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid arthritis
- Preoperative strengthening for joint replacements or ACL knee reconstructions
- Post-operative strengthening for joint replacements – hip replacement, knee replacement or shoulder replacement
- Rehabilitation post Orthopaedic surgery
- Hip, knee, foot & shoulder injury management
- Post-operative strengthening for arthroscopies
- Rehabilitation of fractures or tendon repairs
- Balance and coordination
- Shoulder pain/ shoulder surgery
- Sports injuries
- Low impact fitness