Hydrotherapy offers a range of benefits for many conditions treated here at Indooroopilly Physiotherapy Centre.
Hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic physiotherapy) has been utilised for thousands of years as a treatment technique for pain, inflammation, weakness and stress.
With the benefit of scientific analysis and study, hydrotherapy is now regarded as a highly effective treatment modality, and is integral to all major rehabilitation centres and hospitals.
Movement in water, whether active, assisted, or entirely passive, exerts several physiological effects on the body. The external pressure of water promotes venous return, which in turn has a ‘conditioning’ effect on the heart. The water’s warmth and buoyancy helps to relax muscle spasm while supporting the joints through movement, an effect which has obvious applications for conditions such as frozen shoulder, high tone, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Buoyancy also reduces the effective body weight; for people who are in too much pain to walk, or have difficulties maintaining balance, hydrotherapy allows them to simulate land activities in a safe and supportive environment. Water also offers excellent resistance and thus strength training. By moving a limb faster through water, or increasing the surface area through the use of paddles, the resistance is increased.
In general, therefore, hydrotherapy may be used to achieve the following:
- Increased strength and flexibility (post injury/surgery)
- Reduction of high tone & spasticity
- Reduction of pain and/or hypersensitivity
- Improved balance
- Improved circulation & cardiac function
- Improved co-ordination
If you are unsure as to whether you might benefit from hydrotherapy and would like some more information, don’t hesitate to call us on (07) 3378 4499.