What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic therapy) is used to incorporate the healing powers of water. It is the science of therapeutic bathing for a diagnosed condition. Physiotherapists use the physical properties of water like buoyancy, resistance and temperature in the treatment of a particular part of the body.
Hydrotherapy is widely used for rehabilitative purposes and is also an excellent way of building social interaction with people and is termed to be of great help for individuals experiencing persisting/chronic pain.
Hydrotherapy is useful in treating conditions like:
- Arthritis: Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Chronic Low back pain
- Post surgical e.g. Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Elbow, and Spine
- Psychosocial issues contributing to pain
- Rehabilitation for WorkCover or Return to Work SA clients and helps in graduated return to work program
- Cardiovascular work-out for de-conditioned clients
- Pain relief: Hydrotherapy helps in stimulating endorphins which helps in controlling pain and alleviating tension.
- Circulation: It has a therapeutic effect of improving circulation. Good circulation brings about good lymphatic drainage which in turn helps to clear the body of toxins.
- Stress: Hydrotherapy can provide you with the vital key of breaking the stress cycle of everyday modern life, which could have a huge impact on our general health and immune system e.g. high blood pressure, headaches, digestive complaints, insomnia, depression and anxiety attacks.
- Range of motion: For post surgical clients there seems to be a lot of issues with range of motion. Exercises in water are pain free and easy to do and this in turn helps with mobility and increases the range of motion in a particular joint.
Gym Based Rehabilitation
The physiotherapist uses gym-based equipment which is inclusive, but not limited to free weights, cables, hydraulic machine etc. We design a program which aims at rehabilitating either the injured muscles, post-operative, to achieve functional goals for return to work or just general conditioning. Physiotherapist have a very good understanding of the mechanics, muscles and the physiology behind strength and conditioning.