Older women participating in a hand therapy hydrotherapy class

Hydrotherapy explained: Is it for me?

Hydrotherapy is also known as aquatic physiotherapy. It has been used for many years as a way to promote physical well-being.


More specifically, hydrotherapy involves completing an exercise programme in a warm, heated pool. This temperature can range from 30-34 degrees. The natural effects of the water can cause different effects on the bodily systems that cannot be reproduced as easily on land. For instance:

  • Buoyancy – relieves stress and tension on muscles and joints
  • Temperature – increases blood circulation to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscles
  • Sympathovagal balance – improves mood and reduce stress
  • Water pressure – pushes fluids into the blood vessels to reduce swelling


Everybody can heal from their conditions at a different pace.

If rehabilitation on land is progressing slowly, hydrotherapy can be an effective way to introduce additional exercises to promote your rehabilitation goals.

Melbourne Hand Rehab hand therapist with a hand therapy client.

Hydrotherapy can improve:

  • Muscular soreness or joint pain
  • Upper limb stiffness
  • Wrist, elbow and shoulder strength
  • Improve confidence


Our hydrotherapy therapists can tailor exercises to your specific needs by changing water depth, water drag and the use of different equipment. Sessions are completed in a group setting but your therapist will assist you to achieve your personal goals through specifically chosen exercises. Make sure to ask questions as they arise!

Older man and woman participating in a hand therapy hydrotherapy class

Many conditions can be suitable for hydrotherapy. Common conditions we treat include:


You are always welcome to ask your hand therapist whether or not hydrotherapy would be suitable for your needs. Our therapists will always discuss your specific goals and precautions prior to your first session. 

Melbourne Hand Rehab hand therapists run hydrotherapy sessions at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Sessions currently run for 30 minutes on Wednesday at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, inclusive of dressing changes. There is free street parking as well as paid hospital parking options available. 

There may be COVID-19 precautions in place, so always ask your therapist regarding the most updated hydrotherapy restrictions at the time of your session. 

For more information talk to your hand therapist at your next session or call us on 03 9458 5166

By Winnie Ye


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