Getting into the pool to aid your recovery

Our Physiotherapist Brigitte Collins says hydrotherapy can be a great way to help you get active and exercise after injury, illness or to help manage your medical condition or disability.

2 Nov 2017

St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital hydrotherapy 

Exercising in water is great for rehabilitation

Our hydrotherapy pool is specifically designed for rehabilitation. It is set at a warm 34 to 35 degrees Celsius, which is ideally suited to help your muscles and joints stay warm and improve movement.

Water reduces the impact exercise has on your joints, muscles and bones and keeps you buoyant, which means things that might be hard for you to do on land are easier in the pool. 

Why start doing hydrotherapy classes?

Hydrotherapy is not only a great way to start exercising, but it can also be a form of relaxation.

In particular, if you are managing a chronic condition or recovering after trauma, surgery or illness, hydrotherapy can be a great option.

People with the following conditions often find great benefits:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Cardiovascular and heart disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Orthopaedic surgery – such as total hip or knee replacement
  • Recovery after surgery or trauma
  • Respiratory disease
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains

What to expect

  • Small classes (maximum seven) run by qualified physiotherapists or exercise physiologists
  • A thorough individual assessment to identify your exercise needs and goals
  • A detailed hydrotherapy program
  • Advice and education
  • Discussion with your GP or specialist as required

Interested in hydrotherapy? 

We offer both hydrotherapy outpatient and casual appointments. 

Have a referral from your GP or Specialist? 

If you have a referral, please call to commence your outpatient rehabilitation program.
Tel: (03) 9788 3350

No referral?

Our casual hydrotherapy appointments do not require a doctor referral and are available to anyone in the community, you do not need to have been a patient in our hospital. 

All patients will be assessed by a physiotherapist prior to commencement of hydrotherapy, to safely assess and tailor the program to your needs.

Please note: A GP referral is required for a Chronic Disease Management Scheme and DVA claiming.

Complete an enquiry form or contact our Active Health and Wellbeing caregiver team to make an appointment.
Tel: (03) 9788 3331

St John of God Frankston Hospital allied health
Brigitte Collins Physiotherapist

About the Author

Brigitte Collins is a senior clinician physiotherapist at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital who co-ordinates the hydrotherapy program. She has a special interest in hydrotherapy, musculoskeletal/orthopaedic physiotherapy having completed a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2003. Over the years she has seen the multiple benefits that hydrotherapy provides patients recovering from illness or injury.