Hydrotherapy

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Article by Adrian Wong

Why Consider Hydrotherapy?


Water bouyancy provides a great partial-weight-bearing environment for patients to perform their therapeutic exercises.  Hydrotherapy is especially good for patients who have difficulty exercising on land, have persistent pain, or simply enjoy being in the water.

What is Involved in a Hydrotherapy Session?

Physiotherapists will assess you and then prescribe personalised exercises for you. Hydrotherapy exercises utilise the buoyancy of the water (floating properties). Your body weight is reduced by up to 90% in the water, making exercising very effective in improving mobility and strength. Moreover, you will not have to worry about falling over, which makes it the perfect place to practise your balance improvement exercises!

Is Hydrotherapy the Right Treatment for You?

You may benefit from hydrotherapy if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
    • Hip 
    • Knee
    • Ankle
    • Shoulder
    • Back
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-operative Rehabilitation: 
    • Total knee replacement
    • Total hip replacement
    • Total shoulder replacement
    • Post ACL reconstruction
    • Post knee arthroscopy
    • Post meniscal repair
    • Post-ankle reconstruction
  • Overweight: Low weight-bearing exercise may start you on as after level of activity to encourage weight loss
  • Impaired balance and risk of falling
  • Cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions

Pre-Hydrotherapy Medical Clearance

If you can swim and have no open wounds you can normally participate in hydrotherapy. If you are unsure, please check with your GP or surgeon if you have any concerns about exercising in the swimming pool.

Where are the Hydrotherapy Sessions?

The hydrotherapy sessions are conducted at Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre in Fitzgibbon, which is about 3km from Sandgate PhysioWorks. This is a heated indoor hydrotherapy pool which is very pleasant and relaxing, even in winter.

Ramp Access the Pool?

Yes. There is also a ramp and rails which makes the pool easily accessible.

How to Do You Book Hydrotherapy?

At Sandgate PhysioWorks, we offer both individual and group hydrotherapy sessions.

New clients are initially assessed in the clinic to ensure that hydrotherapy is a suitable treatment option for you. Your hydrotherapy physiotherapist will then customise the best hydrotherapy program for you and confirm that you are safe to exercise in the pool. If hydrotherapy is suitable, your next session will be conducted at the pool.

Bookings can be made by contacting our Sandgate reception team directly. Online bookings for hydrotherapy are currently unavailable but you may make your dry land clinical assessment appointment online 24/7.

If you have any further hydrotherapy inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our Sandgate clinic.

Sandgate Physio

Phone: 3269 1122

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Related Hydrotherapy Links

  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Prehabilitation
  • Stretching Exercises
  • TENS Machine

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    Last updated 26-Apr-2019 02:52 PM

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