Hydrotherapy Services

Hydrotherapy (also called Aquatic Physiotherapy) is water-based therapy in which Physiotherapists provide exercise, training and rehabilitation that takes place in the water.

This kind of therapy is used to address a wide range of problems because water is a more tolerable environment than land.

In most cases, we are asked about hydrotherapy to assist with

  • Joint pain
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • General movement
  • Walking
  • Post Joint Replacement rehabilitation
  • Neurological Rehabilitation for  Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease

Hydrotherapy is a great therapy to help people develop capacity in an aquatic environment, which translates to better movement on land too.

Available at Most Pools throughout Greater Sydney

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

There are many benefits to Hydrotherapy. These include:

  • Warm water increases blood flow to soothe joint stiffness and muscle pain
  • Buoyancy can provide relief for weight-bearing areas or joints
  • Viscosity of water provides resistance for muscle strengthening
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Water can be an excellent environment for balance retraining

Hydrotherapy can be fantastic for someone who is starting out with exercise, or in the early phases of rehabilitation because it allows for a gradual start before progressing to land-based exercise. Hydrotherapy is fun, engaging and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Vista Healthcare helps people access their local pool or beach, which is great to be part of the community.

Who Can Access Vista Healthcare’s Hydrotherapy?

At Vista Healthcare our services are available for private patients as well as NDIS participants.

We provide Hydrotherapy to children and adults who:

  • Live with a disability
  • Have neurological deficits
  • Require pain management support
  • Experience joint problems (such as arthritic joints)
  • Are preparing for surgery
  • Need post-operative rehabilitation
  • Are Home Care Package clients

Group or young and senior people in aquarobic fitness swimming pool exercising with pool noodle

Starting Hydrotherapy with Vista Healthcare

To get started, contact Vista Healthcare to request our water-based therapies:

We can discuss the details and arrange an initial appointment.

While Hydrotherapy is wonderful for many clients, our first appointment will involve a checklist to determine whether Hydrotherapy is an appropriate option. This checklist gives us an understanding of:

  • Confidence and safety around water
  • Swimming ability
  • Continence issues
  • Any fears or uncertainties about being in water

If Hydrotherapy is suitable, we will arrange to meet at the pool for a first session. Generally, the first Hydrotherapy appointment will involve the Physiotherapist also being in the pool with the client. The session will include exercises to establish current capabilities and limitations in order to measure and understand progress into the future.

For subsequent appointments, the Physiotherapist may or may not be in the water for each session. This will depend upon the client’s individual needs.

Group or young and senior people in aquarobic fitness swimming pool exercising with pool noodle

Why Choose Vista for Hydrotherapy?

At Vista Healthcare our values of care and compassion underpin all of the work we do.

We have built our reputation as an excellent care provider by developing individualised, tailored interventions to suit each client. This personalised approach means we are always delivering ethical and suitable programs to best meet our client’s needs.

Our patients often receive a combination of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy, depending upon their individual needs. In many cases this may mean alternating, having Hydrotherapy one week and then Physiotherapy the next.

Please use our contact page to get in touch.

Enquire About Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy FAQ

  • Does Vista Healthcare offer transport to help someone to get to the pool?

    No, Vista Healthcare cannot make arrangements for transport to and from appointments.

    The client can choose the location for the session, and will then need to make their own way there. Many of our clients access support through their support workers or family members if needed.

  • What times are available to do Hydrotherapy?

    Hydrotherapy sessions take place Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

  • Is Hydrotherapy delivered individually or in group sessions?

    Vista Healthcare delivers Hydrotherapy both individually and in groups.

    Most of our clients have individual sessions, however, group sessions are available depending upon suitability.

  • What pool or beach can we access?

    At Vista Healthcare our services are mobile, meaning we can travel to a location that is convenient to you. Common pools we can request are:

    • Sydney Olympic Pool, Milson’s Point
    • Western Sydney Acquatics, Castle Hill

    You are welcome to choose the pool, beach or lake and we’ll meet you there. Our Physiotherapists will work with any pool-staff or lifeguards required as appropriate.