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Hydrotherapy

Posted by: Terry On February 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

Hydrotherapy involves exercising in water. A specialized form of physiotherapy carried out in a heated hydrotherapy pool is called aquatic physiotherapy. There are numbers of benefit when exercising in water. These are pain reduction, increasing range of movement and flexibility, strengthening muscles, decreasing muscle tone, decreasing swelling and improving circulation, improving fitness and endurance, assisting relaxation, Hydrotherapy, Back pain Brisbane, Physiotherapy Brisbane, Physiotherapist Brisbane, Physiotherapists Brisbane, Massage Brisbane, improving sensory awareness and improved psychological well being.

There are a number of factors related to hydrotherapy which contribute to its therapeutic effects and make it an effective treatment either in isolation or in combination with other treatments.

  • Buoyancy – This is the tendency of an object in water to rise towards the surface. It helps to make the body float therefore can assist with relaxation. Buoyancy also assists in taking weight off the injured limb and therefore can make weight bearing less painful. Certain movement of the limb will be made easier with the buoyancy of the water.
  • Turbulence and viscosity – These two properties combined will result in resistance to movement in the water. These properties as well as various items of equipment can be used in the prescription of exercises to strengthen weak muscles and in the progression of treatment.
  • Warmth – Because the hydrotherapy pool is heated, the limbs are kept warm throughout treatment. This assists pain relief and allows the muscles and connective tissue to become more flexible. Warmth also aids in relaxation and therefore makes movement much easier.

People with following conditions or problems can benefit from hydrotherapy:

  • Acute or chronic lower back pain
  • Hip osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis, bursitis
  • Total hip or knee replacement after wound closure, cleared for infections and stable dynamic balance
  • Knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, bursitis, synovitis, pre/post anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Ankle osteoarthritis, sprains, reconstructions
  • Return to sports
  • Poor dynamic body core stabilization
  • Weight loss people
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post fractures
  • Lower limbs weakness
  • High level gait retraining
  • Non-dense hemiplegia with good standing balance
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic stiff shoulders
  • Motor vehicle accident/whole body neural hypersensitization
  • Spinal disc prolapse

If you have any question, please contact your physiotherapist.

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