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 firstname.lastname@example.org should you require any further information.
What is Aquatherapy?
Aquatherapy 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.
Conditions 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
- Patients with chronic pain
- Ante and Post-natal patients
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Respiratory conditions (eg. COPD, asthma)
- 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 enquiries and appointments contact:
087 236 6518
Address: Vans Road Tokai, Cape Town