Top 3 Benefits of Hydrotherapy

You may have heard all the recent buzz about Hydrotherapy, which is now also known as Aquatic Physiotherapy. What you may not know though is that it is one of the world’s oldest forms of healing. In fact, for centuries, people have used water exercises to help recover from injury, manage arthritis and improve fitness. Today’s hydrotherapy approach uses modern physiotherapy techniques combined with physics and exercise physiology to provide a safe, scientifically based treatment for conditions such as; lower back pain, back neck pain, arthritis and stroke and rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery. Hydrotherapy is great for the treatment of sports injuries and is equally as effective in the elderly to promote movement, balance and fitness. Read on to find out the top three benefits of hydrotherapy

Speak to your physiotherapist today about the benefits of hydrotherapy

Speak to your physiotherapist today about the benefits of hydrotherapy

 

 

Hydrotherapy works through a simple process; the pool water heats to a warm 35° which stimulates blood flow, soothes aching joints and relaxes  tight muscle groups. Exercising in water is effective because the buoyancy of the water supports the body’s weight, thus allowing exercise to be  carried out with minimal pressure on the joints.  The water virtually eliminates impact allowing users to perform some exercises that they cannot  perform on land, whilst providing resistance to strengthen muscles.

There are many benefits of hydrotherapy,

  1. Hydrotherapy enables you to perform activities that you may be unable to do on dry land. The water provides resistance to your movements and this helps improve your muscles without straining your body. The water supports you, so that you can move without putting your full weight through your joints. Because the water provides buoyancy; you may be able to lift and move an injured body part, that is too weak or damaged to move on dry land;
  2. Hydrotherapy after injury, is beneficial in helping regain strength and mobility without over-stressing the injury site, or if you have arthritis. It is also particularly useful after joint surgery or fracture’s and especially if you cannot fully weight-bear on your leg(s) because of injury, weakness or pain;
  3. Recovery after sport or physical activity may involve hydrotherapy sessions and is also great if you want to improve your fitness in general. People who have multiple sclerosis or other neurological problems also benefit from hydrotherapy, especially those people who cannot lift their arms or legs against gravity.

The best thing is that almost everybody can do hydrotherapy. It may involve carrying out exercises in a pool under the direct supervision of a physiotherapist. It can involve having your physiotherapist design a program for you to carry out independently in your own pool, or at a local public facility. You may be able to do some hydrotherapy exercises in the sea. Some hydrotherapy exercises can be done in your bath or spa. There may be limitations on your ability to do hydrotherapy if you are incontinent; if you have an open wound; if you have tinea or some other skin problem; if you require excessive help getting in and out of the water or carrying out your exercises or if you are scared of water.

If you would like to look into hydrotherapy, speak to your physiotherapist at Joslin Clinic. More often than not, hydrotherapy will compliment the usual work your physiotherapist may be doing to help your injured body. Visit Joslin Physiotherapy or call us today on (03) 9912 2000.

Our experienced team of physiotherapists will devise a tailor made program to suit your changing needs and supervise your progression. To make a booking or contact us click HERE.

 

 

 

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