Benefits of hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy makes use of the unique properties of warm water to assist with the performance of movements and exercises – as prescribed and monitored by a physiotherapist. It can be beneficial for various conditions including musculoskeletal, neurological and issues of the cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) system, as well as being beneficial for people of all ages – from babies and children through to the older generations.
Due to the buoyant nature of water, hydrotherapy can be particularly beneficial for those that find it difficult or painful to exercise on land. When standing in waist-deep water your body is only carrying 50 per cent of its weight, and only 30 per cent in chest-deep water.
The properties of warm water can further assist with the alleviation of aches and pains, while also improving the movement of stiff or swollen joints, helping to relax the body; and the resistance provided by water can help to strengthen weak muscles.
A hydrotherapy program may involve various types of exercises, depending on your individual needs. The different exercises can be focused on walking practice, fitness, strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or swimming. There is research into the use of hydrotherapy for neurological conditions that continues to show benefits for people who have suffered from or been diagnosed with a stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.
Improvements will vary depending on the condition being worked on, the individual, as well as the frequency or how regularly the prescribed program is followed.
For more information on how hydrotherapy may benefit your condition, please contact our friendly Hoppers Physio clinic today on (03) 9749 5110. You will need to schedule yourself an appointment with one of our highly experienced Hoppers physios for an assessment prior to commencing with hydrotherapy.