WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY
Hydrotherapy or aquatic physiotherapy involves therapeutic exercises in a heated pool prescribed by a Physiotherapist with specialised training. Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to increase strength, ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles. The warmth and buoyancy of the water greatly reduces pressure on joints, making it easier for those with pain and stiffness to perform exercises.
BENEFITS OF HYDROTHERAPY
The therapeutic effects of exercise in warm water allow for:
- Muscular relaxation and reduced muscle spasm
- Reduced pain due to warmth and less gravitational force
- Increased muscle strength and endurance due to greater resistance to movement
- Decrease in swelling due to hydrostatic pressure
- Improve balance, co-ordination due to the supportive properties of water
- Improve enjoyment and confidence
- Enables you to exercise without jarring your joints
- Exercise intensity can be easily adjusted by varying the speed and repetition of movements in the pool
WHO IS IT IDEAL FOR?
- Arthritis sufferers
- Back and neck pain
Post operative conditions e.g. hip replacements, knee replacements, back surgery
- Orthopedic conditions
- Weight loss / Obesity
- Chronic pain
- Neurological disorders e.g. Parkinsons disease, post CVA (stroke)
TYPES OF HYDROTHERAPY
Following a thorough initial assessment, patients are instructed in appropriate exercises and then prescribed a program they can continue with independently. The number of supervised Hydrotherapy sessions will be dependant on degree of disability. Usually between 2 – 6 is sufficient before patients can work independently.
Patients with similar conditions participate in a class designed to meet specific needs. These are various types of groups including:
- Back classes (Including post-op spinal classes)
Hip / knee classes (Including pre/post-op knee and hip replacements, ACL reconstructions)
Neck / shoulder classes
Ladies only classes - These classes are ideal for women who are physically inactive and sufferers of arthritis or painful joints. Class consists of 35 minutes of water based exercises focusing on joint mobility, muscle strength and aerobic conditioning. These classes are supervised by a female therapist in our private Hydrotherapy pool. - currently not running as therapist is on maternity leave.
- Water exercise class- suitable for all conditions for patients looking to strengthen their whole bodies without the sweat. Classes run for 40-45 minutes and are instructed by our qualified team members. This class is a popular choice by our patients who have long term conditions such as arthiritis.
Unsupervised time slots are available once patients become competent in folowing their prescribed exercise program independently, See timetable.
ABOUT THE POOL
Our pool is located inside our clinic and is maintained at 34°C, which is the warmest hydrotherapy pool in Sydney. The pool depth ranges from 1.1m on entry to 1.5m and measures 10m X 4m. There are 6 (six) stairs to enter the pool with a grab rail running along side the stair and continuing around the pool. There are both male and female change rooms and bathrooms which are wheelchair accessible. These are equipt with 6 seperate showers for before and after pool use.
Please note that there are no hoists or ramps in our facility, therefore wheelchair bound clients must be able to negoitate the stairs with the help of their carers.