Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to treat a variety of conditions. Water has some unique properties including the effects of buoyancy, causing decreased effects of gravity, and hydrostatic pressure.
Hydrotherapy allows you to exercise in a low impact, safe and controlled environment and can be used in the treatment of almost any musculoskeletal problem and pain. If you are unable to tolerate exercises on land, an exercise program in water may be also beneficial for you. Hydrotherapy can be intended for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, pre and post-surgery rehabilitation (shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle) and neurological injuries. Hydrotherapy can also be a way of maintaining your overall health and well-being.
Benefits for Hydrotherapy
- Reduced pain and joint impact
- Improved upper and lower limb strength
- Improved general fitness, including cardiovascular fitness
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Improved balance
- Improved function and range of movements
- Improved circulation
What to Expect
Our hydrotherapy sessions are located at Tobruk Memorial Baths, located on the Strand. Prior to your hydrotherapy session, our exercise physiologist will need to conduct an initial consult at the Physionorth clinic. During this initial consult, we will go through assessments applicable to you and your goals and any other areas that need to be focused on. This will also allow us to find the most appropriate, safe, and effective exercises for you when in the pool.
Concerns and Contraindications
Tobruk has a 50m eight-lane pool and 25m heated pool with shade cover. Both pools having ramp access. If you have any concerns with mobility or balance, there is safe access into the pools and there will be close supervision and guidance from our exercise physiologist and exercises can be performed along the edge of the pool.
There are a few contraindications to hydrotherapy. These including:
- Open or infected wounds
- Skin infection
- Cold/flu or infectious disease eg gastro
- Uncontrolled heart condition
- Heart disease
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Uncontrolled epilepsy
- Recent chemotherapy
- Recent DVT or PE
- Chemical allergies (Chlorine)
If you have any of the following or if you are unsure about whether hydrotherapy is appropriate, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 07 4724 0768.