Hydrotherapy (sometimes called aquatic therapy) uses the principles of water to assist exercise and to alter exercise intensity. The water’s buoyancy creates a weightless environment, allowing for a greater resistance of exercise than is achievable out of water. In addition, the increased temperature and hydrostatic pressure of water promote improved circulation, flexibility and decreased swelling.
Our hydrotherapy pool is heated to approximately 33 degrees Celsius. This enables patients to fully relax (in contrast to tensing up in cold water), promoting pain relief and encouraging circulation. The warmth of the water is crucial for improving muscle elasticity, via increasing muscle temperature. This enables muscles to be more easily stretched through exercises.
BENEFITS OF HYDROTHERAPY
Hydrotherapy can be highly beneficial in treating many different types of soft tissue and bone injuries, as well as neuromuscular conditions, such as muscular dystrophy.
The benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Pain relief.
- Reduction in muscle spasms.
- An increased range of motion in the joints.
- Strengthening of weak muscles.
- Increased circulation.
- Improvement of balance and coordination.
- Re-education of paralysed muscles.
Due to the buoyancy of the water, hydrotherapy allows many people to exercise, where they wouldn’t be able to out of water. This is because many movements are significantly easier to perform in water, than they would be out of water. The increased buoyancy delivers decreased gravitational force. This results in reduced stress on weight bearing joints, such as the knees and hips.
Hydrotherapy may be beneficial in treatment of the following conditions:
- Arthritis – both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Back pain.
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as frozen shoulder, ankle sprains and groin strains.
- Following surgery for knee replacement, hip replacement, or ACL reconstructions.
- Neurological conditions including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.
- After stroke or head injuries.
If you would like to know whether a hydrotherapy program is suitable for you, book in for a free consultation below to speak to a qualified Exercise Physiologist.