Aquatic exercise programs provide the same general benefits as land based exercise programs. The buoyancy created by the water reduces stress to the joints making this form of exercise better tolerated than land based exercise for some patients with osteoarthritis and back pain.
Supervised aquatic exercise may defer or decrease the need for surgical intervention, improve general health, range of motion and pain symptoms.
Supervised exercise may defer or decrease the need for surgical intervention and improve general health.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (GP’s) recommend aquatic exercises for patients with osteoarthritis.
Appropriate exercise is effective in reducing signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain.
Hydrotherapy increases muscle strength as well as range of motion, endurance and aerobic capacity, promoting improved physical functioning and pain reduction.
Weight loss improves symptoms of pain and disability caused by osteoarthritis. For patients with osteoarthritis or chronic back pain, hydrotherapy can assist in weight loss or weight gain prevention.
HFRC provides a clinically appropriate and tailored hydrotherapy program as either a stand alone service or as part of a structured holistic program.
HFRC patients have access to supervised hydrotherapy session at the SCGH Hydrotherapy facility, with water set at a constant temperature of 34 degrees celsius.
Patients do not need the ability to swim to undertake hydrotherapy treatment, however a level of comfort in the water should be a primary considerations in selecting the appropriateness of this form of exercise.