Sydney Hydrotherapy: Understand the benefits

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy carried out in a pool. The benefit of hydrotherapy as a treatment method is that it allows for positive body movements without the pressures of gravity. You will find that the water will enable you to do exercises that would otherwise be difficult on land! The warm water of the pool promotes flexibility and provides excellent pain relief, whilst the buoyancy reduces joint stress. The resistance of the water is what makes hydro challenging; your physiotherapist will design a program that utilises this resistance to help build strength and resilience.

Which conditions benefit from hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is beneficial in reducing joint swelling, particularly in the hips and the knees. Hydro is ideal for patients who are recovering from joint replacement surgery, offering a perfect environment to stretch and move with minimal pain. Patients who find land-based activities strenuous will benefit as well, as they will be able to challenge themselves without the harsh pressures of gravity weighing on their joints and muscles.

The main conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy:

What is involved in hydro?

Hydrotherapy sessions will include a combination of stretching, strengthening and functional training to deliver a fantastic overall exercise routine. Your core strength will be challenged, as well as your cardiovascular fitness. One of our experienced physiotherapists run all of our hydrotherapy sessions, usually lasting between 30-45 minutes.

Three main factors make hydrotherapy unique:


At approximately 33°, the water temperature is perfect in aiding muscle relaxation and reducing stiffness in joints.


Minimising the effect of gravity, buoyancy reduces the stress on joints during movement, particularly useful when joint pain is significant.


Depending on the speed of movement, water provides varying resistance that can be used to help in building strength. Our sessions are tailored to the individual, ensuring that you get the perfect workout based on your needs.

Hydrotherapy vs aqua-aerobics

Aqua-aerobics provides a similar style of exercise to hydrotherapy, however, usually in a large group format. The benefit of hydrotherapy is that you will have a much more tailored session, with fewer people in a class. Thus means your physiotherapist can focus all their attention on you.

Can anyone attend?

Anyone interested can attend hydrotherapy sessions, with a doctors referral not necessary. Book online to secure your spot. If you are new to the practice, then one of the physiotherapists will perform an initial assessment with you to gauge your level of experience and then tailor a program to match.

How many people are in a class?

There are individual sessions only as we find that we can provide the best service in this way. The sessions are completely tailored to you, with no distractions!


Our clinic is located in the heart of Sydney CBD. Our pool is inside the Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, 4 College Street Sydney NSW 2000.


The entry fee to the Cook + Phillip Park is covered in your hydrotherapy session. We have HICAPS and EFTPOS available, allowing you to claim money back on your health fund for the session.

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