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What is Aquatic Physiotherapy/ Hydrotherapy?

Aquatic Physiotherapy (often called hydrotherapy) is a specific form of physiotherapy treatment performed in warm water. Aquatic Physiotherapy is more than aqua-aerobics; it is the scientific practice of physiotherapy in a safe aquatic environment. Treatment is individualised to each person and supervised by an experienced physiotherapist. Aquatic Physiotherapists combine their expertise in movement and functional restoration with the therapeutic effects of exercise in water to help you achieve your health goals.

Therapeutic Benefits of Aquatic Physiotherapy

  • Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm.
  • Decreased pain due to the warmth and support of the water. Gravity is opposed by buoyancy.
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Improved circulation
  • Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
  • Enhanced balance and stabilisation.
  • Improved balance and coordination,
  • Improve general fitness.
  • Psychological wellbeing

All Aquatic Physiotherapy participants undergo an individual assessment after which the physiotherapist utilises their clinical reasoning skills to formulate a treatment program appropriate to each patient’s need.


How does Aquatic Physiotherapy Work?

A series of gentle therapeutic exercises carried out in a heated pool (34ºC) to allow greater comfort and range of movement as the water supports body weight. Therapeutic exercises can be progressed safely using the resistance of the water to strengthen the muscles and improve stability.

You do not need to be able to swim to gain the benefits form aquatic physiotherapy
Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain/sciatica/ lumbar instability
  • Whiplash & other neck pain
  • Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinopathy
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy