Hydrotherapy – What is it and how can it help me?

Here at Bluff Road Physiotherapy / North Road Physiotherapy, Rhys Enticott has been having some fantastic success assisting patients through Hydrotherapy classes at the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).

Hydrotherapy is a water-based modality of exercise rehabilitation. the water environment provides a number of benefits that do not occur on land, including:

  • Reduced weight bearing during exercise, placing less strain on joints, bones, and soft tissues. This ensures exercise is tolerated easier than land-based exercise.
  • Compression from the water, which can assist to reduce swelling and increase bloodflow
  • Heat. The pool is kept between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius, which promotes soft tissue relaxation and flexibility


Those who often benefit from hydrotherapy include:

  • Those suffering from Osteoarthritic conditions (arthritis).
  • Post-surgical patients
  • Those with back and/or hip pain
  • Those recovering from fractures
  • Those suffering from general deconditioning, or who do not tolerate land-based exercise well.

With the right exercises, the water can provide a challenging environment for high-level balance and core stability to help ensure a smooth return to work and/or sport. Further, as the water is a safe environment for exercise, anyone with compromised balance or a risk of falls are able to participate in regular exercise through hydrotherapy.


Check out some of our patients enjoying the benefits of water-based exercise:


Our hydrotherapy classes are always supervised by a physiotherapist and just like our Pilates classes are tailored to suit your needs.  Rhys meets with our hydrotherapy patients in clinic for a 1:1 land-based session to assess the patient’s needs. From there, he designs a specifically tailored exercise program and will meet you at GESAC for your first class. Trust us – the benefits outweigh the messy hair and chlorine smell!!

For more details of when and where our Hydrotherapy classes are run, click here.

For more information on Rhys Enticott, click here.

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