At Everybody Physiotherapy in Penrith we have an on-site 20 metre long and 1.7m deep Water Hydrotherapy pool (DWH). The pool is heated between 30° and 32°. The pools gas heater is regulated by a thermostat and kicks back on when it drops to 31°. Sometimes you will feel warm water coming into the pool through the inlets. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean that the heater isn’t working. It means that the thermostat is turned off and regulating the pool temperature.
Hydrotherapy exercise provides many of the conditioning and strength benefits of running without the risk of impact injuries. Our Physios create unique and customised pool therapy programs which are designed for each patient. We treat patients for a wide variety of reasons whether it is for rehabilitation, therapeutic maintenance, pregnancy, elite athletes, traction, wet weather exercise alternative, weight loss, team recovery sessions, pain relief, or intensive cardiovascular training.
Pool entry is $10 per person.
Please note that this is a private rehabilitation facility. As a duty of care it is required that each patient must first have an initial consultation with one of our physiotherapists to check on your current condition of health and to ensure a patient specific exercise program is created for your maximum benefit.
Hydrotherapy is suitable for:
- Chronic pain
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Fitness training
- Knee and back pain
- Weight loss
- Chronic Fatigue
- Post op rehab
Assessment Consultation with Physiotherapist
Hydrotherapy Exercise Program Created by Physiotherapist
$10 Pool entry during Opening Hours
Aquatic physiotherapy is physiotherapy carried out in warm water where the properties of water are utilized with the knowledge and skills of the physiotherapists to improve the outcome of the rehabilitation process. Aquatic physiotherapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques, to improve muscle power, range of joint movement, balance, co-ordination, fitness and confidence in movement.
The unique benefits that derive from performing rehabilitation exercises in a pool environment suit many conditions and injuries. The buoyancy and resistance characteristics that moving in water provides are extremely therapeutic. The hydrostatic qualities of water serve as a compression bandage which further adds to the benefits associated with this environment.
In some conditions that are sensitive to land based and/or weight-bearing exercise programs, Hydrotherapy is a great choice for exercise-based rehabilitation.
Hydraulic Chair Lift
DEEP WATER RUNNING
Deep water running and pool-based fitness programs are available and can be a valuable cross-training strategy for ambitious and elite athletes who are keen to maintain the highest levels of fitness throughout their recovery. Deep water running is just jogging in water deep enough that your feet don’t touch the bottom. As simple as it sounds, though, it offers many benefits. Deep water running is not only a commonly recommended rehabilitation tool for sports injuries, but it’s also a fitness and accelerated training method used by athletes and exercise fanatics everywhere.
The allure of deep water running is that as you train, the natural buoyancy of the water reduces the strain on your joints, bones and muscles by as much as 90 percent. As your body presses down in the water, the water presses up on your body, creating the illusion that you weigh less and are reducing strain. Deep water running takes advantage of buoyancy while providing the same cardiovascular workout as if you were running on solid ground. Your body in water weighs only a fraction of what it does on land, which is one of the reasons aquatic activities like water aerobics and deep water running are so popular for older people, pregnant women and cardiac patients. This means you can stretch, tone and get a vigorous, heart-healthy workout without the added stress on your joints, bones and tissues. The decreased force not only results in pain relief but it also eases the load on your heart.
One of the biggest groups of deep water runners, however, is people recovering from injuries. As a non-weight-bearing exercise, deep water running is an often prescribed rehabilitation method for common injuries like stress fractures and torn ligaments. This therapy is great for people with lower back pain and other symptoms that exclude traditional exercises like walking or jogging.
Being injured doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to stop. If you’re an athlete, your training routine most likely involves running, and when you’re injured, the thought of abandoning your rigorous training schedule is daunting. It could mean losing strength, speed and possibly even your competitive edge. Injured non-athletes also find recovery challenging, especially when normal movement like walking becomes difficult. If you need movement to heal, but movement causes undue stress on your body, what do you do? When you have a sports injury and need rehabilitation, or when you just want impact-free training, deep water running may be the answer.
We run weekly group Aqua Aerobics classes in our own on-site Hydrotherapy pool.
ARTHRITIS MANAGEMENT AND REHABILITATION
Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries in the management of rheumatological conditions and arthritis. The warm water, buoyancy, reduced gravity and therefore reduced loading on joints allow people with a wide range of rheumatological conditions to achieve many positive benefits in the hydrotherapy pool, including:
- Decreased pain and stiffness
- Increased strenth and range of movement
- Improved mood, sleep, sense of well being and coping
- Manage weight
- Improve fitness and endurance
- Trunk and arm strengthening exercise
- Core stability
- Gentle stretching of your back and other structures
- Pain management and relaxation
For some, individual sessions may be necessary, others will be able to work independently once a program has been designed and taught to them.
This is possibly the most common use of hydrotherapy in current trends and includes post operative management of patients with:
- Total hip and knee replacement
- Post spinal fusion and laminectomy
- Many types of fractures
- Post rotator cuff surgery
- And many more conditions
When it comes to orthopaedic care, the benefis of aquatic physiotherapy are clear:
- Weight reduction and buoyancy
- Warmth and other pain relief benefits
- Increased movement with less pain
- Maximize strength, movement and health
As a result of good post-operative results doctors and health systems have often included hydrotherapy as part of their pre-operative program.
While some patients are concerned about their wounds in the hydrotherapy pool, a number of studies have allayed these concerns about wounds. It is imperative that you don’t consider a public pool as a venue for hydrotherapy post operatively. A purpose built physiotherapy run pool will screen all clients and ensure pool chemistry and hygiene is appropriate for wounds.
CAN THE PUBLIC ACCESS THE POOL?
The Hydrotherapy pool is not open to the public as such (like the local council pool) but the public can acces the pool. Due to our high proportion of rehabilitation patients, frail, aged, special needs and clients recovering from injury or surgery we have a strict safety code. Everyone who uses our pool has an initial assessment with a physiotherapist. Health screening questions are answered to show that they are capable of using the pool independently and safely. This means that they have to initially see a physio and have a personal aquatic training session.
They can then continure to attend in one of the following ways:
- If they need individual attention (such as after a recent surgery or injury), they may require further physiotherapy sessions or attend classes after initial consultation.
- If no individual attention is needed, they may attend classes or be given a program and attend the pool independently in certain hours.
Safety is our top priority. You don’t actually have to be able to swim to attend independently but you have to show certain water confidence strategies. If you aren’t confident in the water we have options for you to attend. This can include attending with a carer, attending a group or even having water confidence training sessions. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your options.
We do reserve the right to refuse entry, or suggest alternate means of attendance to anyone who we feel is unsafe or requires increased supervision. We have a strict code and over time some peoples water confidence and safety may change or deteriorate (just as their walking may deteriorate). If this occus more supervision may be required. Age or ability is no barrier in our pool. We have footballers, mums, grandmas, individuals attending to carry out a specific exercise program for weight management, strength and fitness! We are committed to a safe, accessible pool. Please contact us to find out how you or your loved one can access the pool.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Initial consultation is $90 this includes your individual program written by a physiotherapist and one on one session to teach you your water based program. Pool entry fee is $10 once you are independent. Please contact us so that one of our friendly staff members can provide you with more information. The vast majority of private health funds offer rebates for Aquatic Physiotherapy treatments (although it's always best to check directly with your insurance provider). We have HICAPS facilities on-site, enabling us to process the health fund rebate on the spot for most major funds.
DO YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM TO DO HYDROTHERAPY?
Being able to swim is not essential when doing hydrotherapy and initially the physiotherapist will be with you. Depending on your condition, water confidence and as you progress there are several possibilities. These may include buddy situations, independent exercise or other possibilities, we will discuss the best option for you. We have ladders at each end of our pool as well as a hydraulic chair lift for easy access.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO THE POOL? (I DON'T OWN SWIMMERS)
We ask people to wear pool suitable clothing, this can include commercial swim wear or gym wear. Heavy fabrics (such as cotton t-shirts) absorb water and become heavy, lighter weight polyesters tend not to absorb so much water. Boardies (surf shorts) and a rashie (surf top) are easily found and suitable for the pool. On your first session any swimwear, gym-wear or light weight shorts and top would be fine. We can discuss with you other options after you have experienced your first session. If you are worried about what to wear one of our very experienced staff members is happy to speak to you over the phone. Being in pain, certain surgeries or being over-weight can all make the idea of swimwear less than pleasant but we have ways to make this easier for you.
CAN I WEAR MY GLASSES IN THE POOL?
Yes, since treatment sessions do not require you to swim or put your head under at all. Sometimes you will be required to read the list of exercises that the physiotherapist has designed for you so your glasses may be required.
DO I NEED TO PUT MY HEAD UNDER?
No you are not require you to put your head under at all. Sometimes the physiotherapist will do exercise or treatment techniques that mean the back of your hair might get a little wet but if you do not wish this to happen you can wear a bathing cap.
NO INJURIES BUT I WANT TO IMPROVE MY FITNESS. IS THE POOL FOR ME?
Absolutely! There are so many reasons to use the pool as part of your fitness regime and you don't have to be injured. In fact for some it helps prevent injury. Athletes and fitness fanatics use cross training to vary the exercise and prevent injury from repeated movements (over-use) or repeated impact (e.g running or jogging). Deep water fitness is perfect for this and there are many reports and studies that look at the cardiovascular benefit of water exercise in any population. You may not be able to achieve an aerobic level of exercise on land due to arthritis, weight or paint, or you may just be bored with your current regime and want variety. Aqua Aerobics and Deep Water Fitness are perfect alternatives. They are year round alternatives to hot pavements, rainy days, too much sunshine or in winter those windy, cold footpaths.
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72-74 Regentville Road,
Jamisontown, NSW, Australia
Ph: (02) 47 211 222 Mob: 0451 143 722