Hydrotherapy is a specifically designed exercise program conducted in a specially heated swimming pool and supervised by an experienced physiotherapist. The benefits of water exercise include:
- Warm water relieves muscle tension
- Water pressure reduces swelling
- The resistance the water provides is seven times greater than air and can be used to strengthen your muscles
- The effect of buoyancy and the absence of gravity assist in improved ability to walk and move freely.
Supervised hydrotherapy is often very good when used in combination with traditional forms of physiotherapy, and is a great way of exercising if you have osteoarthritis or degenerative conditions. Classes are conducted in a pool that is at a depth of approximately 1.5 metres and warmer than a normal indoor pool.
Clients are asked to bring bathers, towel and thongs to all classes. It is important to note that ability to swim is not required to take part in hydrotherapy classes, but that if you are an inexperienced swimmer or lack confidence in water, please notify the Physiotherapist in charge.