Hydrotherapy, or as it is now called, Aquatic Physiotherapy, is Physiotherapy performed in warm water. The warm water (34º Celsius) improves circulation and the buoyancy of the water reduces the force on the joints allowing exercise at an earlier stage of injury and speeding up recovery. This allows exercises to be done to improve strength and flexibility in a pain-free environment. You do not need to be able to swim in order to participate! Each individual’s therapeutic goals can be addressed following an initial assessment and often, your physiotherapist will be able to provide you with an individual program that you can continue independently once you feel confident. On the Gold Coast – Hydrotherapy is available in half-hour, individual appointments with either our Exercise Physiologist or one of our Physiotherapists at the Mudgeeraba Aquatic Centre. Health refunds are available please contact us for more information or to book.

What can Hydrotherapy be used to treat?

  • It’s a great way to begin rehabilitation for those with severe low back pain or with injuries to the lower limbs
  • Improving balance at all levels, whether someone is currently unable to stand on land, or if they are looking to improve their stability in hopping or return to sport.
  • Muscle conditioning to improve strength and control
  • Joint and muscle flexibility eg. to maintain range of movement in rheumatoid arthritis, post surgery, or in managing muscle spasticity in children with cerebral palsy
  • Cardiovascular fitness to improve endurance, weight management, diabetes management, and for cardiopulmonary health.
  • Exercise is also known to have positive effects for mental health.

Benefits Of Hydrotherapy

as the water takes some of the weight off your joints (The amount depends on how deep you are standing in the water) you are able to do more, have greater freedom of movement and the heat and water pressure can often reduce the pain and swelling.

What to Expect

Have an initial assessment at either our BB or BH clinics first to decide what the goals of treatment are and whether Aquatic Physiotherapy is the best way to manage your condition and that it is safe for you to attend. You will complete a screening medical checklist on this first appointment also. Once it has been deemed that hydrotherapy is appropriate, our friendly admin staff will organise a time for you to meet your therapist at the pool and they’ll give you all the information regarding your appointment.

What to Bring

Initial assessment- medication list, any imaging results.

Our Hydrotherapy Gurus

Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson

Exercise Physiologist

Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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