Hydrotherapy is a water based exercise program designed by a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves individually tailored exercises in warm water.  Exercises aim to decrease pain, increase movement, flexibility, to strengthen and increase general fitness. Hydrotherapy is often a nice alternative or adjunct to a land based exercise program.

How does hydrotherapy benefit the body?

A hydrotherapy pool is generally heated to approximately 33 degrees which aids in muscle and joint relaxation to reduce stiffness or spasm. Water buoyancy assists in reducing gravity and thus load through your joints. Pool noodles, kick boards and paddles can be used to assist exercise progression by increasing resistance through the water.

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy benefits clients with variety of presentations:

At Flexout Health, our practitioners will ensure your hydrotherapy program is tailored to your needs. Therapists will ensure you feel comfortable in the water and be able to adjust your program.


What advice do you have for anyone attending hydrotherapy for the first time?

You are advised to drink plenty of fluids after each session to prevent dehydration.

Unfortunately there have been cases of people losing their personal belongings in the change rooms – consequently, it is advisable to bring your bag out of the change rooms and leave around the pool during the session.

You are responsible for your own well being in the pool – if you feel discomfort or an increase in your symptoms or pain, you should advise the supervising physiotherapist immediately.

Are there any rules for participation in the hydrotherapy program?

You must not enter the pool until your therapist is present and indicates that it is ok to do so.

You are not permitted to attend hydrotherapy or enter the pool if you are suffering from:

  • Open wounds
  • Incontinence of the bladder or bowel (faecal incontinence individuals on a reliable bowel regime may use the pool)
  • If you are unwell with an infective conditions or virus
  • If you are medically unwell (eg. other sickness or cold)
  • Diarrhoea or gastroenteritis (can return two weeks following cessation of symptoms)

All pool users entering the pool must shower prior to their entry into the pool,

Shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap and powder must not be used in these change rooms.

Is there a cancellation policy?

A hydrotherapy session is an appointment, therefore bookings must be made and if you are unable to attend, you must call our administration team at your earliest convenience. We ask for eight hours notice – this allows others on the waiting list to fill spots and keeps the groups running smoothly.

A $20 cancellation fee for ‘fail to attend’ or reschedules made less than eight hours notice before the scheduled class time applies. In the instance that you fail to attend on two occasions without notification, your position will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

What should I bring?

Appropriate swimming attire, towel, non-slip shoes and any medication that you might require pool side.

Are rebates available from private health funds?

Yes. The class is fully supervised by a qualified physiotherapist or exercise physiologist, so rebates can be claimed through most private health funds.

What are the costs of the classes?

For private clients, per session or packages are available. Please contact your nearest clinic to find out the cost for each location. Private health fund rebates are available.

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