What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is largely exercise-based therapy performed in a heated pool under supervision of a
How does it work?
The warmth and tactile sensation of the water are fantastic for relaxing muscles to soothe aches and
pains. The water itself also adds buoyancy – with your body submerged, your body weight, and
therefore load, can be supported by up to 90%. This allows for easier, less painful movement. Your
physiotherapist will be able to determine if you need the water to support you, to relieve pain or
increase flexibility, or to resist you, which can be used to increase strength.
Who will benefit from hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy has been shown to be effective in a range of conditions, including but not limited to:
Low back pain; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; people who are at risk of falls; and people with
neurological conditions. It can also be very effective following orthopaedic surgery and aiding people
in returning to work and activities they enjoy.
How do I get into hydrotherapy?
You will first need an assessment with one of our physiotherapists, who along with your goals, will
determine suitability for hydrotherapy, making sure that it is safe for you and that there are no
contraindications or specific precautions. They will then see you in the pool and provide an
individualised program for you. They then will continue to supervise and progress your exercises as
Physioactive utilises two pools in Ipswich. These two pools have different benefits depending on the
individual needs of the client, and as such suitability will be determined in the initial assessment.
1) JUST Leichhardt: 27 Toongarra Road, Leichhardt.
2) Peter McMahon’s swim factory: 1 Martin Street, Woodend.