What is Hydrotherapy?/ introduction
Hydrotherapy is a water-based exercise program used to assist in rehabilitation and recovery from a variety of conditions. Hydrotherapy is a type of treatment that utilises the buoyancy and temperature of water to help with muscle relaxation, improving joint motion and reducing pain. Water based exercise therapy has all the same benefits as land-based exercise with the added benefit of being able to manipulate the level of resistance or strain placed on the body.
What does it entail?
At Sydney Sports Physio and Rehab we offer both group classes and one on one sessions. Our sessions are all individually tailored and run by qualified Exercise Physiologists who will be in the pool with you at all times. They will run you through a variety of exercises that are specific to your condition and level of ability. All exercises can be modified to make them easier or harder based on your capacity.
What are the benefits?
- Decreased pain
- Improved mobility and flexibility
- Improved cardiovascular system
- Muscle relaxation and decreased muscle spasm
- Ability to mobilise (particularly useful if unable to mobilise on land)
- Psychological benefits
- Increased strength
- Improved circulation
- Improved coordination
- Decreased swelling
Who can benefit from it?
Common conditions that can benefit from hydrotherapy include:
- Back pain
- Post-surgical (including total knee and hip replacement, spinal surgery, ACL, shoulder and ankle reconstruction)
- Neurological conditions
- Chronic conditions
- Balance and coordination problems
- Whiplash associated disorder
- Cardiovascular conditions
How do I go about joining hydrotherapy?
You will require an assessment session before attending hydrotherapy, this ensures that the therapist understands all details of your condition and can tailor a program to you. Once you have had your assessment you will be able to join one of the classes.
Call the clinic on 8711 0190 to book an appointment.
I’ve recently had surgery when can I commence?
You can generally start hydrotherapy 1-2 weeks post op once your dressings have been removed and your wound has healed over with no signs of infection.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Not at all. Our pool is a dedicated hydrotherapy pool and ranges from 0.9-1.3m in height meaning you can stand up with your head above the water. The pool is also fitted with rails and ramps to help you whilst in the pool.
Are you NDIS registered?
Yes- Sydney Sports Physio and Rehab is registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We also have access to a hoist and a water wheelchair to help transferring patients if needed.