November Newsletter – Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy

With the benefits of joint stability and range of motion, addressing balance, core, and a light cardiovascular workout, Hydrotherapy is an excellent exercise and highly effective way to stretch and strengthen your body without over straining muscles or stressing your joints. Performed in an indoor heated pool with light equipment, hydrotherapy makes for an excellent rehabilitation pathway. It can also provide an effective fitness regime for the later part of your life.

Combining Hydrotherapy and a regular walking program will ensure continued ease of movement as you move through the later stages of your life. Patients do not need to be able to swim nor is it required to put your head under the water.

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Therapeutic Benefits of Hydrotherapy

  • Pain relief
  • Muscular relaxation
  • Increase circulation to muscles and joints
  • Decrease normal stresses on the body
  • Increased mobility and confidence
  • Increase muscular strength and endurance
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improve swelling and inflammation

 

Who is Hydrotherapy good for?

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Spinal Rehabilitation
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Stroke
  • Work and accident related injuries
  • Whiplash & other neck pain
  • Tendinopathy
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair
  • Neurological problems such as recovery from stroke or head injury.

 

What are the benefits of exercises in warm water?

The warmth increases circulation, encourages muscle relaxation and reduces muscle spasm there by providing a reduction in pain. The buoyancy of our bodies means that exercises are carried out in a weight reduced environment, reducing the stress on our joints and providing increased support while still providing increased muscle strength and endurance due to the resistance felt in water.

The water is a great environment to challenge your balance. Usually with balance training there is a chance you may fall and injure yourself, balance practice in the pool is both challenging and enjoyable but at the same time safe.

Exercising in water aids with swollen joints and limbs due to hydrostatic pressure, making it a great way to manage edema. Hydrotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs. An aquatic program is often a stepping stone for patients to build confidence and progress onto gym or land based exercise programs.

If you have avoided hydrotherapy because you can’t swim or have a phobia of water, don’t put off your return to moving more effortlessly any longer. Hydrotherapy participants do not need to be able to swim nor is it required to put your head under the water.

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Classes How to book in!

To ensure you are getting the most out of our classes, unless you are currently one of our patients, we require you to have an initial assessment in-rooms with one of our physiotherapists to assess you for the class, complete medical history and to create goals so you receive the most out of the classes.

 

Classes are run 2 x per week with the Physio Professionals Physiotherapist hopping in the pool with you.

Exercises are tailored to the requirement of the patient with an enjoyable group environment.

Any enquiries please contact us.