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Aquatic Physiotherapy

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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 buoyancy

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance

  • Improved joint mobility

  • Improved circulation

  • Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.

  • Enhanced balance and stabilisation.

  • Improved balance and coordination,

  • Improve general fitness.

  • Psychological well being

How does Aquatic Physiotherapy Work?

Aquatic Physiotherapy involves therapeutic exercise 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 muscles and improve stability.

You do not need to be able to swim to gain the benefits from aquatic physiotherapy.

Some of the many conditions that can benefit from an individualised Aquatic Physiotherapy program include:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Back pain/sciatica

  • Whiplash & other neck pain

  • Bone fractures, joint replacements or other orthopaedic surgery 

  • Sports injuries

  • Tendinopathy

  • Balance/coordination problems

  • Shoulder and arm pain

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy or post partum

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