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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic water-based treatment strategy designed and run by our physiotherapists to aid in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. It provides a comfortable yet challenging environment to exercise in, utilising the buoyancy properties of water and the therapeutic effect of heat to aid in recovery.

 

At Marna Physio, we offer hydrotherapy to manage all types of musculoskeletal problems, with particular benefits for:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Rehabilitation following surgery or joint replacement

  • Arthritic conditions

  • Workplace and motor vehicle accident rehabilitation

  • Fractures

  • Improving general fitness

 

The physical properties of water make it an ideal medium for rehabilitation and exercise:

 

Heating effect: The warm water helps to relax muscles, reduce muscle spasms, and enhance blood circulation, all of which can speed up the healing process.

 

Pain relief effect: The warm water and frictionless environment can act as a natural pain reliever and making exercise feel easier.

 

Buoyancy effect: Water supports the body, allowing it to float, which relieves stress on weight-bearing joints. This can allow patients who are unable or restricted in their weight-bearing capacity to do so more comfortably/safely. Foam floats can be used in various ways to help you stay up and provide resistance for you to push down against.

 

Reduced gravitational forces: The reduced gravity in water allows for greater movement of joints that may usually be limited secondary to pain or weakness.

 

Resistance effect: Water drag adds resistance, which can be used to strengthen muscles.

 

Our hydrotherapy sessions are tailored to your individual needs and may include the use of various pieces of apparatus to achieve your rehabilitation goals. The session can be modified to provide short, medium, or long-term goals, depending on your situation.

 

Hydrotherapy is a gentle and enjoyable way to exercise and can be an effective addition to your physiotherapy treatment plan.

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