Hydrotherapy is the use of water (hot, cold, steam or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Hydrotherapy in a physiotherapy context uses the water to facilitate rehabilitation, exercise, mobility and recovery. Hydrotherapy allows for movements and exercise because of the decreased effects of gravity and buoyancy of the body in the water.
Hydrotherapy is suitable for everyone of all ages and is as easy or difficult as you make it. Hydrotherapy can help decrease pain and swelling in the body as well as increase function, strength and range of movement. Hydrotherapy can also be used for fitness and weight loss for those who have ongoing injuries and conditions.
Common conditions treated with Hydrotherapy:
- Back Pain – sciatica, lumbar instability
- Whiplash & Neck Injuries
- Sporting Injuries
- Balance and coordination problems
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Chronic Pain Conditions – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
- Back and Pelvic Pain during pregnancy
- Work and accident related injuries
- Rehabilitation after fractures and joint replacements
Benefits of Hydro:
- – Muscular Relaxation and decreased muscle spasm
- – Decrease in pain due to warmth of water and support
- – Non-weight bearing exercise
- – Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in the water
- – Improved swelling due to the hydrostatic pressure
- – Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better
One on One Hydrotherapy is available for more a more specific management plan of injuries, chronic conditions and guided exercises. This can be used as a gateway to help build up confidence before joining group hydrotherapy.
Group Hydrotherapy is a fun and safe environment engaging with others of all backgrounds and conditions. This class is a more structured group class helping promote mobility and light resistance exercise.