Hydrotherapy is exercise therapy completed in a heated pool of temperatures between 30-35o Celsius. There are multiple benefits to hydrotherapy, and it can assist a variety of people with different health conditions. Hydrotherapy is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise used to improve movement, strength, flexibility, balance and stability of joints. The heated water assists as it reduces your body weight and takes the load off your joints so you can complete increased range of movements with reduced pain. Hydrotherapy can help a range of conditions including, but not limited to, joint pain, lower back pain, neurological conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Hydrotherapy can be completed with equipment or just with your body weight through movement such walking, side steps, high knees, wall push-ups and squats. However, your Exercise Physiologist may get you to use equipment such as resistance bands, water dumbbells and kick boards to complete a greater range of exercises with varying intensities. When you are starting a hydrotherapy program, it is important to remember you need to speak with a doctor to have medical clearance if required, and also to speak with an Allied Health provider such as an Exercise Physiologist to build the correct plan for you.
So, if you are looking to start hydrotherapy, an Exercise Physiologist can help you build the right program for you. It is so important to keep moving, however if you are finding that exercise on land is difficult, hydrotherapy may offer the perfect solution for you. It will assist you to improve your health and well-being without negatively impacting your joints or increasing your pain. If you are looking for an Exercise Physiologist in Brisbane to assist you with this, our team at Coordinated Fitness are here to support you and help you build your hydrotherapy plan.