Hydrotherapy (water therapy) combines the benefits of a non-weight bearing environment with the healing and relaxing properties of warm water.
There are very few musculo-skeletal conditions that would not benefit from exercising in warm water. The buoyancy of the water allows you to perform movements and exercises that may be too difficult for you to perform on land. Painful joints are able to move through an increased range and weak muscles can be used more efficiently. Floats and bands can be used effectively to increase resistance and improve muscle strength.
Balance exercises can be performed with no risk of falling. Cardiovascular fitness can be improved. If you are partial or non-weight bearing using crutches on land, exercising in water may allow you to start putting weight through your leg without pain or fear of falling.
Conditions suitable for hydrotherapy include:
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Post op orthopaedic surgery
- Post op joint replacement (hip, knee, shoulder)
- Post op spinal surgery
- Sporting injuries rehabilitation
- General strengthening, flexibility, fitness and balance retraining
Betterfx clinics provide hydrotherapy sessions are conducted in a heated pool (Melville Leisure Fit centre) and by a physiotherapist experienced in water based exercise prescription. You will be initially assessed in a Betterfx clinic (Myaree physio or Melville Physio) by a physiotherapist prior to referral to a Betterfx hydrotherapy session so that a program can be tailored to your individual needs.