Hydrotherapy or aquatic physiotherapy in basic terms is exercise and/or treatment conducted in water, usually a heated pool, for pain relief and treatment. Water, especially warm water, is a great medium to effectively get a painful joint or condition moving again, with greater comfort than that from land based exercise in the early period of some conditions where pain prevents or limits function.
Hydrotherapy has been a part of medicine, in particular occupational therapy and physiotherapy, for years and has been around in different forms for literally thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature, pressure and buoyancy for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and provide a gravity minimized environment that is safe on joints.
Ask one of our qualified staff today on how Hydrotherapy can help you. We will be able to assess, prescribe and deliver a program of hydrotherapy for your individual condition. We also recommend at least one physiotherapist supervised session so one of our expert staff can demonstrate all the techniques or exercises in the pool with you. We also commonly recommend Hydrotherapy as part of a return to work or sport program and it is particularly helpful for patients recovering from surgery (e.g. joint replacement, ACL reconstruction) for a complete rehabilitation.