Please note AquaPhysio services have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. We apologise for any inconvenience, and hope to get the service up and running again soon. Please contact our head office on 087 236 6518 or should you require any further information.

What is Aquatherapy?

pic-poolAquatherapy is a therapeutic water based Physiotherapy treatment in thermal neutral water (34.5 deg – 35.5deg). The heat of the water and the physical properties of the water (buoyancy, decreased weight bearing through joints) helps in the reduction of pain; normalising muscle tone and spasming, and assist in the general rehabilitation, strengthening and flexibility of the muscular and neural system. It also induces relaxation.

What to expect?

A land based assessment to determine the specific problem and formulate goals. This will take between 30 to 45mins.

A form pertaining to medical history and on-going medical conditions must be completed prior to starting aquatherapy. As a precaution, you may be asked to see a doctor prior to starting treatment.

Following the initial assessment your aquatherapy session will commence. This session will last between 30 to 45mina depending on individual needs. From time to time a land-based revue may be provided on a one-to-one basis by the physiotherapist.

AquaPhysioConditions that will benefit from Aquatherapy:

  • Spinal problems: Prolapsed disc, Degeneration, Sciatica, Back pain.
  • Joint problems: Arthritis, Injuries, Pain, Stiffness, Cartilage injury.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Muscles, Ligaments, Tendon.
  • Post-surgery immobility: Rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery, eg. Hip and knee replacement. ACL reconstruction.
  • Fractures: To help increase the rate of healing and gain full function even while still on crutches.
  • Neurological conditions: Strokes, Head injuries, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral palsy.

Patient populations who can benefit from Aquatic physiotherapy:

  • Acute and chronic spinal conditions
  • Post-orthopaedic surgery
  • Any condition requiring decreased weight bearing
  • Gait rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries
  • Various types of rheumatological & arthritic conditions (including CA, RA, AS, osteoporosis) Post surgery (eg. Mastectomy)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • pic2Patients with chronic pain
  • Ante and Post-natal patients
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Respiratory conditions (eg. COPD, asthma)
  • Paediatrics
  • Gerontology
  • The treatment of overweight and obese individuals who find it difficult to do land-based exercises.

What to wear:

  • For the initial assessment, wear loose fitting clothes and preferably bring a pair of shorts for lower limb problems.
  • For the pool session a swimming costume, towel, poolside shoes, personal toiletries and a water bottle.
  • Changing facilities are available.


AquaPhysio services are based at the indoor heated pool facility and out-patient physiotherapy practice at the Faircape Tokai Estate Healthcare Facility.

> For more information on our out-patient practice at the Tokai Healthcare Facility Click here

For enquiries and appointments contact:
087 236 6518

Address: Vans Road Tokai, Cape Town

13 Tokai Estate Healthcare Facility 1