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
How to access the service
A referral from a health professional like your GP is required to attend. Once we receive a referral, we will send you a letter with further details of our service; please ensure your mailing address is accurate on your referral.
All new clients entering hydrotherapy see a physiotherapist for a land-based assessment before going into the pool. This allows the physiotherapist to better understand your presentation and what you hope to achieve by attending the program. Medical conditions which may influence your ability to safely attend hydrotherapy are also considered. All sessions are by appointment.
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.
A referral from a GP, health professional or agency is required. All referrals are triaged, and if not suitable for Hydrotherapy, will be forwarded to an appropriate agency.
When referring the client, please consider:
- Is the client ready and willing to attend a program for exercise in the water?
- Has the client had physiotherapy for that complaint in the recent past?
- Are health conditions stable?
- Continence issues; uncontrolled bladder or bowel complaints are contraindications to the program.
- When exercising in water, your body is subject to the effects of the exercise but also the pressure of the water. How the water pressure affects your body is important for referrers to consider.
Please refer to the Physiology of Immersion Summary by Wendy Taverna (linked ot the right hand side of this page)
All referrals are received through a single point of entry
ReferralNet or email: [email protected]
Phone: 1300 715 673
Fax: (03) 4215 6376
Last Modified: Monday, 06 July 2020
Phone: (03) 4215 5851
Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am - 12pm (closed public holidays)