What Is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy also known as Aquatic Physiotherapy is a natural therapeutic treatment which is a fantastic form of alternative medicine.

Hydrotherapy involves warm water immersion in a comfortable, soothing temperature of approximately 33-35 degree celsius.

​Alternatively this can be performed in outdoor pools, indoor pools or home swimming pools in the warmer seasons.

​Hydrotherapy utilizes the properties of water such as heat, pressure, resistance and buoyancy to be an effective form of treatment for almost everyone.

Benefits​ of Aquatic Therapy

  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Reduces stress on major load bearing joints such as the knees, hip and spine
  • Can perform exercises in a safe supported environment due to the effects of water buoyancy
  • Increases strength
  • Balance and control
  • Cardio vascular endurance
  • Range of motion/flexibility
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle toning
  • Muscle relaxation and pain reduction

Common Conditions That Hydrotherapy Can Help

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pre/post operative- i.e knee replacements, hip replacements, ACL reconstructions, shoulder reconstructions
  • Chronic pain, fibromalagia,
  • Spine conditions- i.e anklyosing spondlytis, previous laminectomies, discectomies, spinal fusions, sciatica, degenerative spines
  • Muscle spasm and tightness, stiffness, hyper/hypo mobility
  • Physical and physiological stress
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stress fractures
  • Diabetes
  • Sports injuries
  • Cardio respiratory conditions
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Precautions

Hypo tension, diabetes, pregnancy, asthma, angina, epilepsy. Please bring appropriate medications and seek medical clearance if concerned prior to attendance. For asthmatics please bring reliever medications to have on hand if required and for diabetics it is advised that blood glucose levels are checked immediately before and after exercise.

Contraindications

Hydrotherapy may not be appropriate if you have any unstable medical condition, infectious/contagious conditions, open surgical wounds, incontinence, diarrhea, recent deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, kidney disease, chlorine allergy, gastric upsets within the last 7 days, vomiting or nausea.

How Can I Get Started With Hydrotherapy?

We offer one on one hydrotherapy sessions with an experienced physiotherapist at the nearest facility to you.

Our physiotherapists will join you in the water and provide the utmost care.

All you need to bring is a towel, swimming costume, water bottle and arrive at least 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment to get ready.

Aquatic therapy can be organised via appointment which we will organise in accordance with your local facilities availability.

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