Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions.
It is different to swimming in that it involves special exercises that you do in a warm pool, usually around 33 ºC which is much warmer that a typical swimming pool. It makes it a great alternative for exercising in the chilly winter months!
Exercising on land can put forces of up to 550% of your body weight through your joints and can often cause pain or soreness in muscles and joints. These forces can exacerbate conditions such as osteoarthritis or make exercising on land impossible following orthopaedic surgery. So, why exercise in the water?
The feeling of weightlessness and warmth felt when you enter the water immediately melts away any aches and pains. The mechanical and thermal effects of hydrotherapy form the basis of its healing properties. The soothing effect heat has on the body helps to relax tense muscles and encourages blood flow, lessening the body’s sensitivity to pain.
The water also relieves your body of much of the effects of gravity, giving you a feeling of weightlessness. Finally, the effect of hydrostatic pressure gently massages your skin as you move through the water. I almost forgot, while these healing properties are taking effect you are completing your individually tailored exercise program with the supervision of an aquatic physiotherapist.
With the use of the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital Pool, only 5 minutes from Prospect, we can find a time to suit you! Classes are small in size and run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If the thought of hitting the gym or the pavement in the chilly winter months makes you cringe, or you are recovering from orthopaedic surgery, make a booking to start hydrotherapy today at The Physio Clinic.
For more information call The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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