At Geelong Physiotherapy we conduct regular hydrotherapy sessions which are supervised by a physiotherapist, to assist return to optimal function post injury.
What is Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy involves undertaking exercise therapy in a heated pool, utilizing the basic principles of water to assist joint movements and muscle activity that may otherwise be difficult on land during recovery from injury or post surgery.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy include:
- Warm water decreases muscular spasm and pain
- Buoyancy of water can assist joint and muscle mobility
- Resistance of water can aid improvements in muscle strength and endurance
- Pain relief for chronic joint injuries
- Core strength development to assist pain management for chronic low back pain
Injuries that can benefit from hydrotherapy:
- Low back pain
- Joint replacements
- Acute tendon and muscular injuries
- Shoulder, neck and arm pain
- Post fractures
- Sports injuries
- Balance and coordination problems
- A number of neurological presentations
Hydrotherapy sessions are held at the St John of God Hydrotherapy Centre in central Geelong (80 Myers Street). These are on Monday and Thursday at 12:30pm, 1:15pm and 2:00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30am and 9:15am and Friday 8:00am, 8:45am and 9:30am in a heated hydrotherapy pool. Sessions are 45 minutes in duration. Groups consist of up to 7 patients, all completing individually designed hydrotherapy programs under the supervision and guidance of physiotherapists Caitlyn Wilkinson, Nick Holmes, Paddy Dowling and Emily Stephens.