Hydrotherapy is the prescription of therapeutic exercises in warm water. This can be used successfully for many conditions.
Hydrotherapy enables people to exercise in a less stressful environment, often allowing them to do more exercise.
Benefits can include increased muscular strength, increased muscle endurance, swelling reduction, muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Hydrotherapy is prescribed for many conditions. It is effective for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, early strengthening, balance and co-ordination, whiplash injury, osteo- arthritis, strengthening pre joint replacement, low back pain rehabilitation and many more.
At Mitchell Integrated Therapy, Maitland, we have our own on-site pool. The pool is heated to 34 degrees Celsius, a bit warmer than other heated pools. Before commencing any hydrotherapy, patients are required to undertake an assessment with one of our physiotherapists. They will ensure that it is safe for you to do exercise in warm water and will prescribe a suitable hydrotherapy program just for you. The physiotherapist will outline a plan to progress your exercises and review your program.
Many of our patients use the pool independently. Where assistance is required, a physiotherapist can get into the pool and conduct a treatment session in the water with their patient.