Hartley Hydrotherapy

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of water to assist in the treatment of different conditions such as arthritis. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves individually tailored exercises that are all completed in warm water. The aim of these exercises is to decrease pain, increase range of movement and flexibility, as well as developing muscle strength and general fitness. Hydrotherapy is often a nice alternative or adjunct to a land based exercise program.

Why does hydrotherapy work?

Hydrotherapy works with the following principles to assist your recovery:

  • The pool is heated between 32-35 degrees which aids in muscle and joint relaxation.
  • The buoyancy of the water assists in reducing gravity and thus load through your joints which in turn makes similar land exercises much more comfortable.
  • Equipment such as noodles, kick boards and paddles can all be used to assist exercise progression by increasing resistance through the water.

Who can benefit from hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy benefits clients with a variety of presentations including:

  • Back, hip, knee and shoulder pain including stiffness.
  • Poor balance and coordination.
  • Reduced mobility.
  • Post-operative rehabilitation.
  • Muscle tension

Hydrotherapy can also assist with general relaxation and increase a person’s sense of wellbeing.

Why choose Hartley Hydrotherapy?

Located in Hughes, ACT, Hartley Hydro operates 5 days per week. Our pool offers access via pool steps or a hoist, shallow depth of 1.1m, handrails, non-slip tiles and a change room on site. We also provide a large range of equipment free of charge which can be used to enhance your program. This includes steps, floating devices, arm resistance equipment, kickboards and an in water seat.

Benefits of hydrotherapy

  • Great for rehabilitation for a large range of physical injures and conditions.
  • Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain.
  • Increased blood flow to boost the immune system.
  • Encourages detoxification.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Is warm and enjoyable.

What to expect

  • Water temperature of between 32-350C.
  • A range of access options, including short sessions (between 30 and 60 minutes), longer sessions (between 1 and 5 hours) or exclusive use of the pool.
  • Access to change rooms and small cubbyholes to store your belongings. 
  • Entry is via pool steps with a rail or a hoist if required.
  • You do not have to be able to swim to exercise in the water. Our pool is shallow enough so you can exercise well within your depth. You do not need to put your head underwater.

What to bring

  • Swimming attire.  It is ok to wear shorts and a T shirt.
  • Appropriate footwear to wear on poolside.
  • Towel/s.
  • Any walking/mobility aid required.
  • Water bottle.  It is important to maintain good hydration whilst utilising hydrotherapy.

PRICES

Self-managed, shared use

$15 per session

($13 for pensioner or concession card holders)

This option provides an opportunity for users to independently use the pool on a regular basis (a minimum of 4 booked sessions). Please note that other people may be utilising the pool at the same time, however the maximum number of people who can be in the pool at any one time is 8.

This price is inclusive of one (1) carer. Please declare the number of people in the pool at time of booking. Additional carers in the pool will be charged at $5 per individual to a maximum of 2 carers.

Professionally-managed, shared use

$25 per session

This option can be accessed by therapists or practitioners. Please note that other people may be utilising the pool at the same time, however the maximum number of people who can be in the pool at any one time is 8.

This price includes up to 2 clients and 2 therapists in the pool at one time. Please declare number of people in the pool at time of booking.

Casual user

$20 per session

This option provides an opportunity for users to independently use the pool on an ad hoc basis. Please note that other people may be utilising the pool at the same time, however the maximum number of people who can be in the pool at any one time is 8.

This price is inclusive of one (1) carer. Please declare number of people in the pool at time of booking. Additional carers in the pool will be charged at $5 per individual to a maximum for 2 carers.

Exclusive use

$88 per hour

This provides an opportunity for groups, individuals, organisations, therapists or practitioners to exclusively utilise the pool. Please note the maximum number of people who can be in the pool at any one time is 8.

HYDROTHERAPY BOOKINGS

To book a session or discuss usage of Hartley’s Hydrotherapy Pool, please call PH: 5100 3264 or email hydrotherapy@hartley.org.au