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Hydrotherapy Can Benefit

Hydrotherapy can benefit following conditions:Benefits of doing exercises and physiotherapy in the hydrotherapy pool - Gold Coast

Orthopaedic Conditions:

  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • Post Spinal surgery
  • Joint replacements, reconstructions and tendon repairs
  • Post fracture and sub acute sports injuries
  • Sports-specific rehabilitation

Rheumatologic, chronic pain and arthritic conditions:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Chronic Regional Pain SyndromeHydrotherapy can benefit Orthopaedic Conditions, Rheumatologic, chronic pain and arthritic conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

Neurological conditions:

  • Strokes
  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries   
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain Barré syndrome, Post-polio Syndrome
  • Movement disorders

Paediatric clients:

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cerebral PalsyHydrotherapy can benefit Neurological conditions, Paediatric clients, Balance and general mobility problems
  • Developmental delay
  • Autism
  • Rett syndrome

Other conditions:

  • Balance and general mobility problems
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure (Cardiorespiratory fitness)
  • Maternal peri-natal health.
  • Lymphodema

There is considerable research to support the use of hydrotherapy in many of these conditions.

In an extensive review of research in 2008, evidence was documented to support the use of aquatic physiotherapy in the management of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint arthroplasty, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, back pain, upper- and lower- limb disorders, stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barré syndrome, post-polio syndrome, adult cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, Rett syndrome, maternal peri-natal health, post-menopausal health, , obesity, lymphodema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and sports-specific rehabilitation.
Benefits included reduction in pain, improved function, self-efficacy and affect, joint mobility, strength, and balance. (Geytenbeek J. 2002, 2008)

Geytenbeek J (2002) Evidence for Effective Hydrotherapy Physiotherapy 88 (9): 514-529
Geytenbeek J (2008) Aquatic Physiotherapy Evidence-Based Practice Guide  Aust. Physiotherapy Assoc.