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 firstname.lastname@example.org or book an initial consultation here.