Hydrotherapy: Why The Water Works

Hydrotherapy in its most basic form, is using water to help recovery and rehabilitation through movement.

It sounds simple, right? But there is so much more to hydrotherapy than meets the eye, and the best part? Progressive has you covered.

So, how does it work?

Well, it all starts with the physics of water. Buoyancy means it forces you the opposite way that gravity is pulling, so you feel a lot lighter and often have an easier time moving around and bearing weight. Water is also denser than air, so your muscles are getting more of a workout than they would simply walking or jumping. Lastly, the temperature of the water can encourage circulation and help tighter soft tissues (like muscles and ligaments) to relax and lengthen. All up, it gives your body a slower start into proper movement and can make recovery a lot quicker.

Is it for everyone?

Hydrotherapy is usually recommended for people with musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management or pre/post operation. These specific conditions have been shown in research to benefit from hydrotherapy at specific temperatures (depending on the needs of the patient!). However, the benefits of training in water, even if it’s a couple of laps or an aqua-aerobics class at your local pool, have shown fantastic and long lasting benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. Aside from the benefits of resistance training against the density of the water, it can also help to improve range of movement around joints, support cardiovascular health and assist in body composition management (it’ll help shed those winter kilos!).

How can I get more information?

The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including rehabilitation after exercise and injury management. You can read more about our hydrotherapy services here. Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email info@progressiverehab.com.au or book an initial consultation here.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.