What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, or Aquatic Physiotherapy, refers to a specific form of physiotherapy treatment in a heated pool supervised by an experienced physiotherapist.  The warmth and buoyancy of the water can help to reduce muscle spasm, increase circulation and decrease pain.  It is particularly beneficial for  people of all ages who suffer from injuries or musculoskeletal conditions that are easily aggravated by weight-bearing or land based exercises.  By decreasing the risk of aggravation, clients are confidently able to improve strength, flexibility, postural control and mobility.



Therapeutic benefits

  • Buoyancy of water counters the effects of gravity
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance due to greater resistance encountered when moving in the water
  • Improvement in swelling due to hydrostatic pressure
  • Improved balance and core stability

What conditions are appropriate for Hydrotherapy?

  • Back pain
  • Osteoarthritis eg. Hip or knee
  • Pre-operative strengthening prior to joint replacement surgery
  • Post-operative rehabilitation following joint replacement, fracture or tendon repair
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Balance and co-ordination problems
  • Neurological conditions eg. Parkinson’s disease, stroke rehabilitation
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Prenatal and postnatal core stability

Hydrotherapy can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs.  Often it is used as a stepping stone for clients to progress to other forms of land-based exercise programs eg  Clinical pilates.



Do I need to be a confident swimmer?

The answer is no.  Hydrotherapy does not involve swimming as such and most exercises are conducted whilst standing in the water or supported by a buoyancy device such as a noodle.



Referral process and medical screening

Our physiotherapists assess each participant in a one-on-one assessment in our rooms prior to commencing hydrotherapy.  This allows our physiotherapists to screen for any medical conditions that may prevent an individual from participating in hydrotherapy classes.  In some cases it may be necessary to seek medical clearance from your GP prior to starting hydrotherapy.


Health Fund Rebates

Health fund rebates apply subject to individual health fund policies.  Hydrotherapy qualifies as ‘group physiotherapy treatment’ due to our individual assessment and goal setting for each client which generally attracts a higher rebate than ‘group exercise classes’ with many health funds.


The MGS Difference

At MGS Physiotherapy,  we pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of hydrotherapy treatment.  Our physiotherapists are both experienced and enthusiastic .  Our physiotherapists are in the water with clients providing hands-on guidance and technique correction to ensure the best results.  Our classes our conducted in a specialised hydrotherapy pool with a minimum water temperature of 31 degrees.

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Class Timetable

We currently run classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from the Hydrotherapy Pool located in the grounds of Mona Vale Hospital.  Please contact our rooms on 9979 6978 for more information regarding the current timetable.




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