Hydrotherapy is also known as aquatic physiotherapy. It’s suitable for those who find it difficult to exercise on land due to pain associated with age, disability, illness and other ailments, as well as those in post-operative rehabilitation. This is because it allows for quite vigorous exercise with little stress on the joints.
Similar to a traditional physiotherapy session, the physiotherapist applies their skills, knowledge and manual techniques. The only difference is you’re in water heated to a comfortable 32 degrees.
Your physiotherapist will join you in the water for each session, during which you will receive individual attention and personalised treatment. This includes an exercise program tailored to meet your treatment needs.
Aims and benefits of hydrotherapy/aquatic physiotherapy include:
- Pain reduction
- Decreased muscle spasm
- Reduced swelling
- Improved circulation
- Improved movement and flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved co-ordination
- Improved cardiovascular/respiratory fitness
- Improved psychological wellbeing and motivation