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What is Hydrotherapy and how does it work?

Hydrotherapy is a form of a physiotherapy performed in warm water approximately 34-35 degrees. It includes exercises that are carried out to increase mobility, strength and general wellbeing and fitness. The warmth of the water increases circulation by dilation of the blood vessels which reduces pain and muscle spasm and relaxes the body by increased blood flow. The buoyancy of water counteracts the gravity effects & assists in floating and therefore reduces the stress, force and load through weight bearing joints, allowing to start your treatment sooner due to making it easier on the body which promote a faster recovery. The hydrostatic effect reduces swelling by the pressure enforced upon the body by the water and we can modify aspects such as increasing the speed, turbulence, depth, resistance and surface area to increase the exercise level of difficulty.


Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

• Pain relief

• Relaxation

• Increased joint and muscle mobility

• Increased muscle strength and endurance

• Improved balance, coordination, posture & core stability

• Improve general fitness and physical and mental well being

• Reduces joint stress

• Reduces muscle spasm and muscular tightness

• Improves circulation and swelling

Condition and injuries that benefit from Hydrotherapy:

• Arthritis

• Osteoporosis

• Repetitive motion injury

• Sports Injuries/Rehabilitation

• Pre/Post Orthopaedic surgery

• Back, neck or shoulder pain

• Hip, knee, or ankle pain

• Brain or spinal cord injuries

• Bariatric care

• Balance impairments

• Amputations

• Lymphedema

• Prolonged inactivity/immobility

• Fatigue/weakness

• Fibromyalgia and other rheumatoid conditions

• Reduced Cardiovascular fitness & endurance

• Neurological disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease

Hydrotherapy Classes:

Unfortunately due to the situation surrounding COVID-19 we are no longer running our group hydrotherapy classes. If you would like further information about this please call our Beechboro clinic on 9377 5628.