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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a therapy that forms part of many of the programs at The North Eastern Rehabilitation Hospital.


It is a form of physiotherapy conducted in a heated pool (32-34°C) where the properties of water are used to achieve specific therapeutic goals.

All exercises are performed with the head above water and closely supervised or assisted at all times.

The benefits of warm water exercise:

  • General relaxation
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Improved muscle strength, endurance and general fitness level through low impact exercise
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced load on body
  • Relief of tension.

Access to the Hydrotherapy program at North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre is available via referral from your GP, physician, surgeon, allied health professional or health insurance.

Through the combination of physiological changes due to being immersed in warm water and the application of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles, the physiotherapist uses water-based exercises to achieve specific therapeutic goals.

Hydrotherapy is ideal for:

  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Fitness training
  • Hip/knee joint replacement
  • Musculoskeletal disease e.g. osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Post orthopaedic fractures or surgery.

Hydrotherapy sessions are conducted by physiotherapists who guide patients through their exercises.

It is not necessary for patients to be able to swim, as exercises can be completed in either shallow or deep water.

Hydrotherapy exercises can be very gentle and easier than on land, with the water property of buoyancy.

Together with the effect of the warmth of the water, hydrotherapy provides an environment which encourages and facilitates movement.

Your safety is our priority and a staff member is always present to provide support and guidance as required.

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