Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment or exercise conducted in a heated pool. Hydrotherapy helps to improve or maintain physical well-being for many people. The buoyancy, turbulence and resistance of water create a special therapeutic environment not possible on land.
Who benefits from hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy assists people rehabilitate from or more effectively self-manage many conditions including:
- Back and neck pain, and other chronic pain presentations
- Improving fitness for surgery
- Recovery from surgery
- Neurological rehabilitation, including brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease
Note you do not need to be able to swim
Information for referrers
From 1st July 2021, hydrotherapy will no longer operate as a standalone service or accept direct referrals. Patients will continue to be offered hydrotherapy as an integrated part of their treatment program through the Pain Clinic, Community Rehabilitation or Community Health programs.
The hydrotherapy service will be a tailored, time limited, goal orientated service offered as an adjunct to traditional physiotherapy.
There will be no ‘direct to the public’ hydrotherapy service or ongoing independent exercise groups
Please continue to refer to our many alternative Barwon Health programs for rehabilitation or management of chronic health conditions. For further referral related information contact the relevant service:
Sub-Acute Ambulatory Care Services
PH: 03 4215 5312
Community Health Services – Information and Assessment
PH: 1300 715 673
Pain Management Unit
PH: 03 4215 1396
The Geelong Hydrotherapy Centre is located at the McKellar Centre, 45–95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong, 3215.
The centre is accessible from the main car park located to the left of the McKellar Centre’s main reception.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 21 July 2021