Hydrotherapy

We are proud to say that we are the only physiotherapy practice in the region that have an indoor heated pool for hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy, otherwise known as Aquatic Physiotherapy, is a specific form of physiotherapy treatment conducted in a heated pool. Aquatic Physiotherapy treatment incorporates individual assessment, diagnosis and the use of clinical reasoning skills to formulate a treatment program appropriate to each patient’s needs. By combining hands-on pool based physiotherapy treatment techniques and specifically designed exercises supervised by physiotherapists. Hydrotherapy helps regain or enhance physical well being in a warm relaxing environment. . The temperature of the water is maintained at the ideal therapeutic temperature for the rehabilitation of injuries of 30 -32 2 degrees Celsius.

A series of gentle therapeutic exercises (distinct from swimming or aqua-aerobics) carried out in a heated pool allow greater comfort and range of movement as the water supports body weight. Therapeutic exercises can be progressed safely using the resistance of the water to strengthen the muscles and improve stability.

We are with the patients throughout the session to instruct clients on the appropriate exercises for their condition and aim to progress them through their rehabilitation. External referrals from other physiotherapists for hydrotherapy can also be made.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Aquatic Physiotherapy can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, mobilize joints, strengthen muscles, develop balance and coordination, and improve general fitness.

  • Decreased pain due to warmth and support.
  • Gravity is countered by buoyancy, therefore allowing earlier rehabilitation in non weight bearing conditions.
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
  • Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
  • Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better.
  • Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include:

  • Back pain/sciatica/ lumbar instability, Whiplash & other neck pain
  • Sports injuries and tendinopathy
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Parkinson's Disease, Stroke and Cerebral Palsy
  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Work and accident related injuries
  • Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair

Aquatic Physiotherapy has been shown to bring pain relief, combined with long lasting improvements in joint mobility and muscle strength.