What is Hydrotherapy or Aquatic Physiotherapy?
Aquatic Physiotherapy is Physiotherapy treatment and exercise that is conducted in water. The physiotherapy and exercises is conducted in warm water (usually 31-32°) and many patients find this relieving to their pain. Also the buoyancy of the water commonly enables people to perform exercises that they would not be able to perform on land or at home.
During an Aquatic Physiotherapy session, the physiotherapist may utilise exercises, manual therapy and specialised pool equipment to try to achieve improvements in patients injuries or conditions. The specific goals of hydrotherapy will be different for every individual and condition/injury. Aquatic Physiotherapy sessions are usually group based but also can be performed 1 on 1 with the physiotherapist for those requiring closer supervision and greater physiotherapist intervention.
What can Aquatic Physiotherapy do for me?
Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy can be effective in the management of many varying conditions and pain issues.
Benefits can be seen in people with:
- Back pain
- Shoulder problems
- Post surgery rehabilitation
- Sporting injuries
- Post stroke
- Neurological disorders
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased mobility
- Reduced balance
- Cardiac conditions
Benefits of Hydrotherapy may include:
- Decreased pain
- Improved mobility
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Injury prevention
- Increased cardio-vascular fitness
- Lowered stress levels
How do I try Aquatic Physiotherapy?
An individual assessment at our clinic is first required so that your physiotherapist can assess your movement and function. This allows the therapist to customise a treatment and exercise programme that is designed for your specific needs. This assessment will also ensure that you are medically safe to perform this type of therapy in the pool. Then you can decided if you prefer and require 1 on 1 therapy or if a small class/group environment is suitable for your needs.
The pool facility has good provision for entry via steps or ramp with rails. A lifter equipped to assist those with severe restriction in mobility can also be used to enter and exit the pool.
Your physiotherapist is in the pool with you the whole time to instruct and monitor your program.