Barossa Physiotherapy provides water-based rehab,
known as Aquatic Physiotherapy.
We are excited to provide this locally, at the Barossa Village Hydrotherapy Pool. This brand new, custom-built facility is such an asset to our community. It is a privilege to share this space with our clients.
Why do rehab in water?
Physiotherapists have provided rehab in water for some time. According to the APA, "...one good reason (for hydro) is that physiotherapy and exercise in water provides an environment that can allow greater freedom of movement.
This can be an empowering positive experience and often aims to improve function.
Being in water offers patients with limitations in fitness, motor control, strength, or for those who are experiencing pain, a different environment in which to move.
The pool also provides an opportunity for cardiovascular exercise at higher intensity for people with weakness, lower levels of function or weight-bearing limitations...
...The pool can be a valuable place to work on specific patient goals, or it can be an effective adjunct to land therapy.
Lastly, the pool is a fun and enjoyable place to work, both for the clinician and the patient."
Research Supports Aquatic Physiotherapy
According to the APA:
In the past, most high-quality studies in aquatic physiotherapy were focused on people with musculoskeletal conditions.
In recent years there is a growing interest and evidence in neurological populations, chronic disease management, brain blood flow, dementia, and older adults.
From Australian clinicians and researchers, there has been a great mix of interesting studies published in the last few years in the areas of:
aerobic fitness in older adults using water walking,
high-intensity interval training in adolescents with cerebral palsy,
circuit training for people with diabetes,
aquatic physio for falls and balance for people with Parkinson’s disease,
ground reaction forces in closed chain exercise in older adults with knee osteoarthritis, and
rehabilitation for ataxia.
Call or email us if you'd like more information on our Aquatic Physiotherapy services.