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    How Hydrotherapy works: understanding the science behind the therapy

    Hydrotherapy and aquatic physiotherapy is a versatile form of exercise which can be used for rehabilitation and general fitness. The science behind hydrotherapy makes it an incredibly versatile and beneficial form of treatment for a number of conditions including osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

    The science of hydrotherapy involves the unique benefits of waters including buoyancy, warmth and hydrostatic pressure.

    The buoyancy of water assists to support the body and reduce the amount of stress and force going through your joints. In fact, the depth of water dramatically changes the amount of weight going through your body. For example, standing in waist deep water can reduce your body weight and off-load close to 50% of your body weight. As you move deeper into the water, standing in water up to the neck height has been shown to take off up to 90% of your body weight.

    This buoyancy means that exercises can be prescribed to build up strength and endurance including exercises that may not be able to be done when land-based. Buoyancy can also be beneficial following surgery when specific restrictions are placed around weight bearing. This includes being able to do a range of exercises in the pool when weight bearing restrictions are limited such as when using crutches or walkers. The buoyancy is also incredibly beneficial as when weakness or pain limit your ability to exercise.

    Using equipment such as noodles, floats and kkckboards can be used to assist in gently stretching and improving flexibility. This has been shown with a number of exercises that can be given to promote joint flexibility and stretching for osteoarthritis or after surgery.

    Hydrotherapy and aquatic physiotherapy is also performed in warm temperature. Hydrotherapy pool are aimed to be kept between 30 – 35 degrees. The warmth of water has been shown to assist in reducing the sensation of pain and stiffness. Reducing the sensation of pain and stiffness assists to increase the types of exercises that can be done.

    Hydrostatic pressure includes the mild compressive properties of water. The constant pressure of water provides a mild compression. This compression improves circulation and can help reduce swelling and promote lymphatic drainage. Compression promotes faster healing and recovery. In fact, the deeper the water, the greater the pressure and compression effect. This is often why hydrotherapy can be beneficial to reduce swelling following surgery in the lower limb including knee, foot and and ankle surgeries.

    Our team of physiotherapists at ME Physio provide hydrotherapy and aquatic physiotherapy at the Harold Holt Swim Centre. A tailored and individualised hydrotherapy program will be developed for you after your initial assessment. Learn more about Hydrotherapy for ME or an appointment online.


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    Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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