What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, otherwise known as aquatic physiotherapy, is a general term used to describe physical therapy in warm water (usually 32-34 degrees Celsius). 

The benefits of rehabilitation in warm water are numerous, including:

  • Reduced stress on joints due to buoyant force of water
  • Full body strengthening
  • Improved circulation and cardiovascular activity
  • Soothing warmth of water
  • Safe yet challenging balance exercises
  • Buoys and other equipment can facilitate or challenge the client

Hydrotherapy helps to improve strength, range of motion, balance and co-ordination especially when full weightbearing exercises are still too painful or range of motion against gravity is limited.

Hydrotherapy at Tyack Health is conducted in group format at a local pool complex.

Meet your Hydrotherapy Physiotherapist

Takuzo Kimura

Taku is a free-spirited Japanese American who came to Australia to complete his Doctorate of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne in 2021. He has had the pleasure of working with a diverse patient population across the lifespan, from children with intellectual disabilities to seniors and patients from varied cultural backgrounds.  Taku’s practice of judo and freediving deepen his appreciation of the mind-body connection and the power of the brain to treat pain.  With a passion for manual therapy, a holistic view of health, and an analytical approach to exercise, Taku strives for effective treatments and lasting outcomes. 





Meet your Hydrotherapy Exercise Physiologist

Ellie Lawson

Ellie is a warm, approachable Exercise Physiologist who combines her knowledge and passion for what she does to make a real difference in her patients’ lives.  Her love for movement through sports, exercise or leisurely activities made becoming an Exercise Physiologist an obvious career path.  Through this profession, Ellie is able to fulfill her desire to help others find ways to move that they enjoy, as well as support them through their challenges to be able to reach their goals. 

She is happy knowing she is a positive role model for her clients and reminds them of the importance of treating their bodies with care. Ellie enjoys being a part of a team of practitioners, working together to establish new and improved methods to target individual health concerns.  Her special interests include people with Type 2 Diabetes, cardiorespiratory conditions, cancer patients and those living with a disability.

Typical Session

Sessions will typically consist of:

  1. Therapist-assisted relaxation and mindful breathing exercise
  2. Warmup
  3. Tai Chi-based movements
  4. Limb/Condition-specific strengthening exercises
  5. Cooldown

At each session the therapist will give a brief overview and ask if the client is on board with the schedule.

Throughout subsequent sessions, the level and intensity of exercise and content of sessions will be altered as agreed upon by the therapist and client.

Conditions Prohibited

The following conditions will prohibit you from doing hydrotherapy:

• Incontinence;
• Open wounds;
• Allergy to chlorine;
• Chronic uncontrolled heart failure;
• Chronic uncontrolled blood pressure;
• Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis.

A medical review is recommended for:

• Heart failure;
• Respiratory conditions aggravated in high humidity environments;
• Heat intolerance;
• Hemorrhagic conditions;
• Anemia;
• Cancer;
• Pregnancy;
• Severe inflammatory conditions;
• Fear/dislike of water.

Hydrotherapy Hours

Fridays 1.00pm class or 2.00pm class


Hydrotherapy Fees

Group class in pool session $25 (1 hour)

Pool entry fee additional


Hydrotherapy Location

Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler (Cnr Old Cleveland & Tilley Roads)


What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Bathers
  • Hydration
  • Change of clothes/shoes
  • Bodywash and shampoo (if showering is needed)
  • Moisturiser if skin tends to dry after pool


Cancellation Policy

We understand that life is unpredictable and you may not always be able to make your scheduled appointment. If you can’t make an appointment please contact our reception at least 24 hours prior to cancel or arrange for another time.

Missed appointments and appointments cancelled without 24 hours notice may be charged the full consultation fee.

Contact our Reception team for further information.