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Hydrotherapy is a form of rehabilitation that consists of performing exercises, specific to the patient’s condition, within a heated pool. The heated water aids in both muscle relaxation and decreasing loads placed through the joints. As such it is helpful to a wide range of conditions including joint replacements, back pain, arthritis, sports injuries and decreased mobility.
Our hydrotherapy program consists of three classes with each having a different focus. We currently conduct a shoulder and elbow class, hip, knee and ankle class and a back class, which is also open to neurological and mobility clients. The program is currently run at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre between 1.00pm and 3.00pm every Thursday. This allows our physiotherapist to use a specifically designed pool with stairs, rails and hoist to allow disabled and frail patients safe entry into the pool.The pool is a depth of 1.2m and is equipped with railings to assist with stability and additional exercise. This depth allows body weight placed through the joints to be decreased.
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.