Posted: 4th November 2019
Posted in: News
Every, one in two Australian adults are not meeting the Australian Physical Guidelines. The rate of insufficient physical activity increases with age. Adults aged 65 years and over are not meeting 30 minutes of moderate activity a day – 69% of men and 75% of women recorded as insufficiently active. Meeting these guidelines can be increasingly difficult for the disabled population and the elderly. There can be numerous barriers – with the most commonly reported being, pain. Hydro (water) therapeia (healing) enables people to participate in exercise with reduced pain and many benefits, which will be explained in this post. Is your GP on your back constantly pushing you to increase your physical activity? Hydrotherapy might be the perfect solution for you.
What is Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy?
This may include, but not limited to – osteoarthritis, general joint pain, pre/post operational rehab, neurological conditions, fibromyalgia or general fitness and wellbeing.
Exercise is performed within warm water heated up to 31-35 degrees and provides opportunity for individual progressions within a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment. Hydrotherapy is significantly different from conventional swimming and aquarobics. The exercises and movements are catered for each individual client to address their discussed goals. Hydrotherapy is often less strenuous than land-based exercises, focusing on guided, controlled, pain–free movements with the ultimate goal of providing pain relief. Pools are selected to ensure there is appropriate access and ideal depth of water for each client.
What are the benefits of Hydrotherapy?
Percentage of weight-bearing approximates in water thanks to buoyancy! For e.g. if you weigh 80kg, your ‘weight’ at belly button deep water would be approximately 39kg!
Tips and Reminders for Hydrotherapy
To summarise, participation in hydrotherapy is safe, fun and have a long list of health benefits! Need to increase your exercise? Pain restricting your ability to participate in exercise? Tried all hands-on therapies for your pain with little improvement? Hydrotherapy might be the perfect solution for you!
What to do now?
If you need to increase your physical activity or want to experience the many benefits of hydrotherapy give us a call at Generation Physio, we have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing the lives of our clients. Our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination and can meet you at an appropriate local pool or your own pool! Give us a call on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.
Article Written By Marlisa Kwan
Physiotherapist – Sth Brisbane / Ipswich
Marlisa recently graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Throughout her clinical experience she has gained experience and knowledge in multiple fields of physiotherapy, including; neurological, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, geriatric and paediatric. Marlisa has developed a passion for neurological physiotherapy, in particular, stroke patients. Additionally, she is devoted to improving mobility and falls prevention of the Geriatric population.
She has a strong interest in delivering compassionate care to enable clients to reach their individual goals and improve their overall quality of life. Marlisa tailors treatment to each clients interests and believes active participation in your care is crucial to achieving physiotherapy goals.
Learn more about Marlisa here.
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