You are here: Home How We Help Aquatic Physiotherapy

Aquatic Physiotherapy

Aquatic Physiotherapy (often referred to as Hydrotherapy) is a form of exercise or water therapy that can be used as a form of rehabilitation to aid joint range of motion, strengthen muscles and ease aches and pains, either acute or chronic.

Aquatic Physiotherapy combines three major components that work together to improve comfort and/or function.

  • Buoyancy (ability to float): The water allows forces that act on the body to be reduced. Movement in water is easier and more comfortable due to decreased load transmitted through joints and muscles. Buoyancy can also assist with improving joint range of motion and may facilitate earlier return to function and activity after surgery or injury. It is also beneficial in managing chronic painful conditions like osteoarthritis
  • Resistance (working against a force): The viscosity of water as well as the use of floats, paddles and other equipment can be helpful when trying to increase the physical effort of exercising muscles to promote strength, power and conditioning where weakness, injury or pain are hampering recovery
  • Drag and Turbulence: both work together to aid in rehabilitation. Drag creates opposition to movements of the limbs in the water. Turbulence is the agitation of the surrounding water and can be used to improve balance and stability



  • Management of muscle and joint pain
  • Movement and postural re-training
  • Relief of tension and fatigue
  • Injury rehabilitation and safe return to exercise
  • Specific rehabilitation for surgery, trauma,sports and dance injuries
  • Conditioning, cross-training and technique modification for sports and dance
  • Osteoporosis and arthritis management
  • Ante and post natal fitness

What to expect:

  • An initial 40 minute consultation allows for  comprehensive assessment and goal setting.
  • Aquatic physiotherapy program planning – individual session/s are required before
    progressing into smaller groups.
  • Sessions are 30 mins.
  • Aquatic physiotherapy sessions are conducted by a trained Physiotherapists.
  • All sessions can be claimed under ancillary cover of your private health fund – under  &/or Physiotherapy, please check with your health fund for more details.

All Aquatic Physiotherapy sessions are run at our Next Gen clinic accessing the Next Gen gymnasium pool. The pool is heated, easily accessed via stairs and is a consistent 1.2m depth.

Next Gen, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide. For all bookings and enquiries call 8221 7000.

Next Gen logo 2015

Please read the information below concerning COVID-19 and Wakefield Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic’s approach to the situation.

The Clinic is regularly monitoring the Australian Government’s information and advice on COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found here. This information is updated regularly and anyone who is concerned should check this site for the most current information. Patients or any visitors to the Clinic who have recently travelled overseas must follow the Australian Government’s guidance.

All travellers must isolate for a period of 14 days after they have entered Australia.

If you have entered Australia within the last 14 days, you must not enter the Clinic.
If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Regarding Consultations: If you are isolated, susceptible or concerned about attending your appointment, please call and discuss tele-health options that may be available.
If you are seeking information on COVID-19, please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. This line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Wakefield Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic – 8232 5833