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What is hydrotherapy (aqua therapy)

Physio and rehabilitation are easier in warm water

Have you ever experienced a good feeling after being in a warm bath or a spa? If so, you have experienced the effects of aquatic physio, also called hydrotherapy!

The name Hydrotherapy is a general term and describes any therapy in warm water. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years by people all around the world to help improve their health. However, hydrotherapy can mean a lot of different things to different people. Hence it is important to know what we mean when we describe Aquatic Physio – For us, it means physio with the use of a hydrotherapy pool.

Doing your physio with a hydrotherapy pool can have a lot of additional benefits compared to exercises out of the water. Aquatic physio can be less painful, movements can be easier and specific positive effects can be achieved due to immersion and the support of warm water. Pool exercises for the elderly can be particularly effective but just about anyone can benefit.


Hydrotherapy can be particularly effective for many conditions that cause pain or loss of range of motion and strength. However, it can be beneficial to help with just about any condition, as you can see from the list below.

  • Pool exercises for the elderly

  • Knee pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Neurological conditions

  • Pre- and post-surgery

  • Disabilities -Particularly effective for those clients seen under NDIS such as children and under 65-year-olds with disabilities

  • Prenatal and antenatal treatment

  • Sporting injuries

Twenty benefits of Hydrotherapy

  1. Easier to move and mobilise in warm water

  2. Increases muscle tone and decreases spasm

  3. Improves circulation and removes inflammatory mediators and lactic acid more quickly

  4. Decreases swelling

  5. Improved flexibility and range of motion in water

  6. Less weight and load through joints

  7. Decreased pain due to decreased sensitivity of pain receptors

  8. Relaxation

  9. Improved muscle strength

  10. Improved posture

  11. Improved co-ordination and balance. This can help reduce falls in the elderly.

  12. Improved cardiovascular fitness and endurance

  13. Improved water confidence

  14. Can improve efficiency of your heart

  15. Can lead to lower blood sugar levels

  16. Can increase metabolic activity which can lead to weight loss

  17. Movement in water is oftern less painful and easier for patients than exercise and treatment on land

  18. Can assist in improving bone density through the contraction of muscles and the ability to take different levels of weight bearing that may not be tolerated on land (i.e. crush fractures)

  19. Releases endorphins and decreases anxiety/stress

  20. Makes you feel good due to all of the above!

Most physiotherapy techniques used on land can also be used in water, often with less discomfort!

A lot of people can benefit from doing their physio with a hydrotherapy pool. We can help just about anyone get in the pool and experience the benefits.

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