Hydrotherapy involves exercising in a heated pool to help treat a condition and/or improve your recovery after injury, illness or surgery.
Exercising in water helps reduce the pressure and stress on your body and joints.
The warm water in hydrotherapy pools also increases blood flow which can be beneficial if you have a chronic disease.
Hydrotherapy may be offered to you as part of your rehabilitation care plan, to help you on your way to recovery. You may need medical approval from your doctor to access our hydrotherapy services.
Potential benefits of our hydrotherapy services
Our hydrotherapy rehabilitation programs are overseen by experienced physiotherapists and may benefit you if:
- you find it difficult to exercise on land
- you are recovering from joint surgery
- you are recovering from injuries that involve the muscles and bones, known as musculoskeletal injuries
- you have a chronic condition that affects your nervous system
- you suffer from arthritis.
These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary before and after care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.
Pregnancy hydrotherapy classes
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals offer antenatal hydrotherapy classes for women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy.
Classes are conducted by physiotherapists with postgraduate qualifications in womens health and continence. Exercises include gentle cardio stretching, general strengthening, pelvic floor and deep abdominal exercises.
The physiotherapist can tailor exercises to suit your fitness level and needs.
Classes are held in our heated hydrotherapy pool on Mondays at 2.00pm. Each class is $30 and health rebates can apply.
For more information about our classes contact the physiotherapy team on 08 9462 4526.
Find out more about the benefits of antenatal hydrotherapy classes.