Frequently Asked Questions

What is aquatic physiotherapy?

Aquatic physiotherapy uses the skills and knowledge of the physiotherapist related to rehabilitation, health, muscles, bones, walking, posture and exercise. It also involves individual assessment and goal setting.Aquatic Physiotherapists have extra training and knowledge in exercising in water related to the physiology of being immersed and the physics of forces and load in water. Our programs are designed by aquatic physiotherapists. Hydrotherapy is another term that is used and this also describes exercises for movement and rehabilitation. You can read more about aquatic physiotherapy and the benefits here or see our articles on benefits and research.

Does aquatic exercise work?

Yes. High quality clinical research in hip and knee osteoarthritis has shown aquatic exercise supervised and designed by a physiotherapist to be beneficial for pain, quality of life, walking and stair climbing. We have done more research recently to show how some exercises in the pool are less painful for people with knee arthritis.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Quite a few people in enjoy exercise in water and cannot swim. The pools we use usually have a shallow end where most exercises are done standing up.  All the exercises are initially easier and then progressed to be more difficult as your confidence in water grows. All exercises can be modified for someone that cannot swim.  With time, most people become much more confident in water and enjoy the sessions and this opens up a whole new option for exercise for rehabilitation and exercise for fitness.

Can exercise cause damage to my joint if I already have knee arthritis?

Exercise programs designed by Health Professionals have controlled load which starts lower and gradually gets higher. Provided trauma is avoided (uncontrolled twisting or anything extreme), moderate exercise does not lead to acceleration of knee osteoarthritis. Exercise really helps people with arthritis get stronger, get moving and have less pain. Aquatic exercise has the added benefit of less vertical weight bearing load on the joint but can still push you hard with strengthening and also cardiovascular conditioning for your general health. Contact us to find out more. You can read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity from Arthritis Australia here.

Where can I find more information on arthritis, exercise or pain?

There are some great organisations producing some excellent material on arthritis, exercise and managing pain. Here are some of them

General information on osteoarthritis

Or give Musculoskeletal Australia a freecall and (weekdays 9am-5pm) and speak to one of their clinically trained nurses and

experienced volunteers for

- Information on arthritis

- Information on how to negotiate the complex health, disability and social services systems

- community resources in your area.

1800 263 265 or

Information on managing pain and symptoms

Managing your pain A-Z guide

Information on exercise with osteoarthritis

Information on recommended guidelines for physical activity to stay healthy

Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Living Stronger from COTA - exercise classes and online exercise videos

GLA:D AU exercise classes for hip and knee arthritis

When does your next program start?

Our next program starts in August for people who want to improve their leg strength, balance and fitness. Please get in touch if you'd like more info.

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