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  • Writer's pictureRenesh Prabaharan

Hydrotherapy Treatment & Benefits

Hydrotherapy treatment involves the use of unique properties in water to achieve therapeutic benefits. What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, sometimes known as aquatic therapy, is a form of physiotherapy that uses water to warm the body and gently increase resistance. It is commonly prescribed by doctors for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis

  • Back pain

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Poor circulation

  • Muscle pain and inflammation

  • Headaches

  • Hip and joint replacement rehabilitation

  • Strokes and brain injuries

  • Rehabilitation post fractures

  • Pre and post orthopaedic surgery


The buoyancy of water reduces weight bearing stress on the body. This helps rehabilitation from injury or surgery, and can facilitate exercise for those overweight or obese. It allows for free and fluid movement – a means of removing the load-bearing strain which may be a limiting factor when exercising on land. Weight bearing can slowly be increased by moving to shallower water.

Density of water

The increased density of water, compared with air, increases resistance on the body when pushing against it. With respect to movement and exercise, this works your muscles the same way weights do on land. The faster the movement through the water, the greater the resistance. The use of pool weights, noodles and kickboards further increases resistance in water!

Hydrotherapy Treatment Benefits

Hydrotherapy is useful in the treatment of:

  • Management of acute or chronic pain

  • Rehabilitation for pre- and post-joint replacement surgery

  • Relieve arthritis pain

  • Improve muscle flexibility

  • Improve range of motion

  • Improve strength via resistance training

  • Weight loss

  • Reduce muscle spasm

  • Fight fatigue

  • Aid in relaxation and lower stress levels

We hope today’s blog encourages you to consider using hydrotherapy as part the management of your injury or condition. The team at Axis Physiotherapy and Fitness Studio have extensive experience in taking hydrotherapy sessions and writing up hydrotherapy programs. If you have any further questions about what is involved or whether hydrotherapy is suitable for you, please feel free to make an online enquiry or call us on 03-77733986 to speak with one of our Physiotherapists. #sportsphysio #physiotherapy #physio #physiotherapist #rehab #sportsinjury #sportstherapy #physicaltherapist #injuryprevention #sportsphysiotherapy #fitness #rehabilitation #sportsrehab #injury #hydrotherapy #aquatictherapy #poolexercise #malaysia

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