Benefits of Hydrotherapy

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)
Hydrotherapy

Who can do hydrotherapy? You.

Hydrotherapy is derived from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water and “therapia” meaning healing, and this form of therapeutic rehabilitation is a particularly useful mode of exercise treatment for many conditions.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to be able to swim (or have to get your hair wet) to gain the benefits from hydrotherapy. Each session is modified to the individual and is based on the condition, stage of rehab and the therapeutic goals set together with the treating practitioner.

Hydrotherapy sessions are taken in thermo-neutral water- this is water heated between 32-36degrees. It is highly beneficial as it is warm to the touch to help relieve pain and muscle spasm whilst at the same time increasing blood supply to the skin without having an effect on core temperature.

The buoyancy of the water unloads the weight of the body allowing minimal loading on the joints, gaining ease of movement and gives the space to focus on quality and control of the movement. Improvement in balance and proprioception is seen alongside strengthening of weak muscles.

Hydrotherapy is useful for:

  • Low risk pregnancies
  • Musculoskeletal problems, particularly where swelling is present
  • Conditions where land-based exercise causes pain associated with weight bearing
  • Conditions that have been slow to progress with land based rehabilitation
  • Conditions where independent movement on land is difficult
  • Muscle strengthening, maintenance & restoration
  • Improving circulation
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Promotion of relaxation

Sessions are currently held in Boronia in our hydrotherapy pool at Knox Leisureworks. See our timetable for available sessions.

For more information visit our hydrotherapy service page

Bookings can be made through Stay Tuned Sports Medicine, 9762 9478.

 

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist) on 9th September 2013 |

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