The path back from injury to full training and peak performance can be a tough balancing act of rest and activity that strengthens damaged joints and muscles without over-taxing them (doing too much too soon will prolong recovery time and potentially worsen injuries).
Whether you’re nursing a tendon injury or muscle tear or recovering from a joint replacement, hydrotherapy can help by enabling resistance training of weak and injured muscles without adding undue stress, while reducing joint pain and swelling and promoting muscle relaxation.
What is sports hydrotherapy?
Sports hydrotherapy is the facilitation and prescription of water-based exercises that help to promote recovery from injury or relieve the pain of musculoskeletal conditions. Its unique value is that it enables safe performance of exercises that facilitate recovery and that may not be able to be executed on land, with the load of one’s body weight, without risk of further damage.
How do I know if I need sports hydrotherapy?
Whether you have a tendon injury or muscle tear, suer from a sports-related joint injury or condition or are recovering from a joint replacement or reconstructive procedure, hydrotherapy can help by enabling resistance training of weak and injured muscles without adding undue stress, while reducing joint pain and swelling and promoting muscle relaxation.
What sports-related conditions can hydrotherapy help with?
Complaints and conditions that may be helped by hydrotherapy include:
- Muscular tension and muscle spasm
- Pain due to injury
- Stiffness and weakness after muscle or joint surgery (e.g. reconstruction or replacement)
- Muscle weakness and/or movement limitations after illness or prolonged break from resistance exercise
- Balance and stability issues
How does sports hydrotherapy help with recovery from, or prevention, of exercise-related injuries?
The primary merit of hydrotherapy is that it may enable more expedient progress towards injury recovery by enabling exercises that rebuild strength and increase ranges of motion. By enabling optimal recovery, it may also reduce the risk of injury recurrence.
Which type of health professional can administer hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is one of a number of treatment methods used by physiotherapists. If your physio feels that hydrotherapy may aid your healing and recovery, they may discuss it when establishing your treatment plan.