Hydrotherapy is exercise in the water and provides an option for people to workout in a comfortable, social environment with minimal pressure on their bodies. All ages can benefit and the good news is you don’t have to know how to swim! Whether you have a chronic back problem, have had joint replacement surgery, recent back surgery or you suffer from an ongoing respiratory condition, hydrotherapy can provide an enjoyable alternative to or complement land-based exercise.
Downs Physiotherapy offers a hydrotherapy program with half hour weekly classes. Groups meet at Toowoomba’s Milne Bay Aquatic Centre, Herries Street on Thursday afternoons, between 1pm and 3pm. Classes are small enough to generate some ‘healthy’ competition and offer an excellent physiotherapist to patient ratio.
Patients who generally benefit from Hydrotherapy sessions include:
People experiencing neurological problems after a stroke
Children with balance issues
Pregnant women with back pain
Comfort is important with any form of exercise and hydrotherapy is no exception. With a year round water temperature of 34 degrees, patients can relax in the pool and reap the benefits. A hoist makes light work of safely lifting anyone who may be experiencing difficulties getting in and out of the water. And, if you are unsteady on your feet, this is the perfect exercise environment with minimal risk of injury if you fall.
Although hydrotherapy patients are usually referred by doctors and other medical specialists, it is possible for you to make a direct appointment to discuss your needs.