About Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including arthritis and related rheumatic complaints . Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool.


The focus of the exercises can be adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your symptoms. A client may continue with land-based physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in conjunction with one another, alternatively they may use hydrotherapy to assist with specific movement patterns, reduce spasticity and ease pain prior to progressing to land-based therapy. The ability to swim is not necessary for hydrotherapy. Your head does not need to go under water.

Hydrotherapy Initial Assessment

All clients who wish to take part in hydrotherapy will have to undergo an assessment on land first. The initial assessment will establish your goals, physical ability, function and treatment plan.