What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a form of exercise, otherwise known as aquatic physiotherapy that can be used as a method for rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy helps to strengthen muscles, aid joint range of movement and ease aches and pains, both acute and chronic. Water therapy dates back hundreds of years, as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Hydrotherapy forms an integral part in many medicine systems.

Specifically designed exercises are supervised by our physiotherapist in order to regain or enhance physical well being. Hydrotherapy is carried out in a heated pool which allows for greater comfort and range of movement as the water supports the body weight. This is distinct from swimming or aqua-aerobics. Patients do not need to be able to swim in order to use our hydrotherapy pools. Water therapy has been shown to bring pain relief, combined with long lasting improvements in joint mobility and muscle strength. Using the resistance of the water to strengthen muscles and improve stability, hydrotherapy is a safe form of rehabilitation.

What are the aims and benefits of Hydrotherapy?


  • Management of muscle and joint pain
  • Movement and postural re-training
  • Relief of tension and fatigue
  • Injury rehabilitation and safe return to exercise
  • Specific rehabilitation for surgery, trauma, sports and dance injuries
  • Conditioning, cross-training and technique modification for sports and dance
  • Osteoporosis and arthritis management
  • Ante and post natal fitness
  • Weight loss

The benefits of hydrotherapy include the warmth to the water, it helps increase circulation, reduce muscle spasm and relieve pain. Hydrotherapy has a weightlessness effect and has a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Water, when it is moving, stimulates the touch receptors on the skin, increasing blood circulation and releasing tight muscles. Patients can use hydrotherapy alone or in conjuction with other rehabilitation programs. This water based rehabilitation is a great stepping stone for patients wanting to progress onto the gym or land based exercise programs.

What conditions are helped by hyrdrotherpy?

Hydrotherapy is used to treat many conditions including

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain/sciatica/lumbar instability
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinopathy
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress/colds/headaches
  • Joint, muscle and nerve problems
  • Relaxation
  • Work and accident related injuries
  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Rehabilitation after bone fractures, joint replacement or tendon repair
  • Whiplash and other neck pain

Many other conditions are helped with the use of hydrotherapy, yet patients do not need a specific condition to gain benefits from hydrotherapy.

hydro2What can I expect from my first Hydrotherapy session at 4 Life Physiotherapy?

When coming into 4 Life Physiotherapy for Hydrotherapy you will require a 30 minute assessment before entering our hydrotherapy pool. This assessment will allow your therapist to gain an understanding to your injury, determine your capabilities, set treatment goals and to identify any precautions to hydrotherapy, so that a safe exercise program can be set aimed at addressing your specific needs. All private sessions can be claimed under ancillary cover of your private health fund, either with your Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist. Please check with your health fund for more details.

4 Life Physiotherapy Pool Passes

At 4 Life Physiotherapy we are offering Pool Passes, this will allow you to use the pool on your own at any time during our opening hours (Given that the pools are not already occupied). To obtain a 4 Life Physiotherapy Pool Pass you and your therapist must feel confident about you using the pool alone, have a program set up and have attended at least two supervised hydrotherapy sessions in the pool. For more information about our Pool Passes please contact us on 08 9583 5200.