Hydrotherapy

We use hydrotherapy for many of our clients, including NDIS, home care package, WorkCover and more. Our team will travel out to your local pool or aquatic centre! 

 

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Physiotherapy advice that you can trust

Hydrotherapy or aquatic physiotherapy is becoming more popular as people seek alternative therapies to treat various health conditions. It is often used with traditional physiotherapy treatment options as it can provide a pain-free, enjoyable alternative for anyone suffering from an injury or disability. Typically, hydrotherapy is performed in heated warm water swimming pool. Hydrotherapy has been used to treat many conditions, such as:

  • Joint conditions, including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic lower back pain, chronic neck pain
  • Sporting injuries, especially of the lower body, such as ankle sprains, knee surgeries, hip injuries
  • Post-operative/surgical rehabilitation, including total knee replacements, total hip replacements and lumbar fusions
  • Variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, ASD
  • Workplace injuries

 

How does hydrotherapy help your recovery or rehabilitation?

There are many reasons why hydrotherapy is recommended, particularly in the acute (short-term stages between 0-6 weeks) stages. Hydrotherapy is beneficial in lower limb injuries, like knee or ankle pain. This is because the water is “buoyant”, allowing the person to feel like less weight is on their feet than when standing on dry land. This is particularly helpful as we can prescribe strategies such as effective hydrotherapy knee exercises to target an arthritic knee or a recently operated knee.

Hydrotherapy is also particularly useful in helping reduce swelling and muscle soreness. The warm water, combined with the movement and resistance in the water, helps the muscles bring swelling away from far away areas like the feet. Most of all, hydrotherapy is a straightforward and simple exercise mode that can be used! There are no complicated machines or gym equipment, and it can be used by anyone!

 

Are there any reasons why hydrotherapy may not be suitable?

We advise that you consult with a medical professional or physiotherapist before your first session if you have any of the following conditions: 

  • Wound or skin infections (including open skin, active skin conditions or wound areas)
  • Asthma or difficulty breathing
  • Recent infection or sickness
  • Heart problems or Angina
  • Kidney condition requiring dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • High or low blood pressure

Is hydrotherapy exercises suitable for me?

Hydrotherapy is a very effective treatment option for a variety of conditions. We recommend seeking advice from a medical practitioner or physiotherapist to see if hydrotherapy suits you. You may also need to contact your local swimming pool or aquatic centre to see if they have public access to their heated pool.

At Talk Health, our physiotherapists will perform an initial consultation with you to provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan. During this assessment, our recommendations may include using a hydrotherapy pool as an effective treatment option for your condition.

We use an online exercise prescription software called Physitrack that allows you to easily see videos on how to do each exercise and your program for the day. This allows you to easily continue your aquatic exercises on other days you are not with your physiotherapist.

We have hydrotherapy exercises for knee pain, neck pain, hip pain, lower back pain and more!

 

Where do I find a hydrotherapy physio near me?

Our mobile physiotherapists can visit you or your clients at external gyms, hydrotherapy pools or aquatic centres, depending on your or your client’s needs. For more information, contact us via info@talkhealthphysio.com.au or call us on 07 3179 6759!

If you are a support coordinator looking to refer an NDIS participant for our mobile physiotherapy services, you can send us a referral form via our online NDIS referral form. Our team travels to the client’s homes, local rehabilitation facilities or aquatic centres to provide the best care for your participants. To find out more about our mobile and in-home services, click here.

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