What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is physiotherapy completed in warm water. This includes both exercise and movements to achieve particular rehabilitation goals and may be completed in conjunction with land-based physiotherapy, manual therapy and gym rehabilitation.
Which Backfocus clinics provide hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is offered at 2 Backfocus locations which include: Epping and Sunbury clinics.
How can hydrotherapy help me?
The resistance, warmth and buoyancy of the water allow for rehabilitation exercises to be completed for those with specific strength deficiencies or those with generalised weakness. The level of resistance and buoyancy is adjusted for each individual and may be increased with the use of equipment or increased level of water. This reduces the impact of gravity and forces on the joints and is particularly useful in arthritic patients and those with reduced weight-bearing abilities.
Conditions hydrotherapy is effective for?
Hydrotherapy is suitable for most age groups, those with poor mobility and reduced weight-bearing ability.
Conditions hydrotherapy is beneficial for:
- Arthritis sufferers
- Chronic or persistent pain
- Pain during and after pregnancy
- Recovering from an accident or surgery
- Back pain and neck pain
- Lower limb rehabilitation
- Weight-loss management and general fitness
Hydrotherapy at Backfocus
At Backfocus we see hydrotherapy as a crucial program and exercise alternative for people experiencing chronic pain and recovering from an accident, sporting injury or surgery. We offer this service at the Sunbury and Epping clinics using a nearby aquatic facility.
Factors your physiotherapist will need to consider
The resistance, warm water and physical challenge of moving within the pool will mean that hydrotherapy is not suitable for everyone. Those with open wounds, unstable medical conditions and skin conditions may not be suitable for hydrotherapy. Those with cardiovascular and respiratory problems must also be monitored closely. Your physiotherapist will consider all these factors when looking for the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Is a GP referral required?
No referral is required to see a physiotherapist. However, if you are referred on a Chronic Disease Management Program (previously known as Enhanced Primary Care) this referral will need to be brought to your initial appointment.
Can this service be claimed on private health insurance?
Yes, sessions may be claimed on private health insurance depending on your level of cover, please check with your private health insurance provider.