What Is Hydrotherapy?
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease. The use of water for therapy has been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the ancient Romans. The warmth and buoyancy of the water can help to reduce muscle spasm, increase circulation and reduce pain. It is particularly beneficial for those people who suffer from injuries or musculoskeletal conditions that are easily aggravated by weight-bearing or land based exercises. By reducing the risk of aggravation clients are confidently able to improve their strength, flexibility, postural control and mobility.
Benefits of Exercising in the Water
Buoyancy of water counters the effects of gravity
Increased muscle strength and endurance due to greater resistance in water
Improvement in swelling due to hydrostatic pressure
Improved balance and core stability
Injuries that benefit from Hydrotherapy
Pre-operative strengthening for joint replacement
Post-operative rehabilitation for joint replacement, fractures or tendon repair
Balance and coordination problems
Hydrotherapy can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs. Often it is used as a stepping stone for clients to progress to a land-based exercise program.
The benefits of aquatic based exercise should not be under estimated in achieving pain relief combined with joint mobility and strength.
We suggest an initial consult with our Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist prior to commencing Hydrotherapy classes. For people with complex health problems we suggest consulting with your Doctor before starting any supervised exercises.
Please contact WA Health Group on 61614091 for information on our Hydrotherapy Classes.
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