What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy involves performing exercise and gentle movement in a warm, shallow pool to rehabilitate injuries and decrease pain. Water creates a reduced weight environment with gentle resistance where patients can move with less pressure on their joints.

Hydrotherapy is usually undertaken in conjunction with manual therapy (such as Physiotherapy or Osteopathy) to manage injury and ailments. Research has shown that hydrotherapy can be effective in the treatment of several conditions including:

  • Arthritic joints including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Acute and chronic lower back pain
  • Weight loss
  • Pre and post orthopaedic rehabilitation (ankle, hip, knee and shoulder)
  • Gait retraining
  • Chronic pain/Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Acute sports injuries

What to expect in Hydrotherapy

When you arrive to the pool, Club Lime reception will ask for your name and add you to our hydrotherapy class list. Firstly, our physiotherapist will give you an orientation of the pool facilities and layout of the pool. Once in the water we perform a warm up before starting your exercise program. The physiotherapist will give each patient an individually tailored exercise program to complete during the 45-minute session. At the end of hydrotherapy, we do a cool down before exiting the pool.

What to bring to Hydrotherapy

Please bring your swimmers, a towel and a water bottle. The pool provides equipment for the patients to use. The pool is 20m long, 1.6m deep and has a ramp access entry. Private change rooms and showers are available at the facility.

Things to do after Hydrotherapy

It is common for patients to pull up sore post hydrotherapy with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is a common occurrence after doing any new exercise for the first-time. Hydrotherapy is also known to make you feel dehydrated so rehydrating after the session is important.

Our hydrotherapy classes are run in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment by physiotherapist Izach Clements.

Current Class times: 4pm – 4:45pm (please arrive 10 minutes early if possible)

Pool Class Capacity: Due to COVID-19 we are only allowed to have 4 patients in the pool.

Address: Club Lime Hydrotherapy Pool (Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre), 100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce, 2617.