Specialist Hydrotherapy for spinal strengthening, minimal load-bearing and supported exercise

Our face to face hydrotherapy service is not available as the Caulfield General Medical Centre hydrotherapy pool we use is not open yet after closure in 2020 due to COVID. We will update this page and resume face to face group and individual hydrotherapy as soon as we can (as at 06/10/21). CGMC has advised us that this may be possible in 2022.

Currently, we can advise you about what hydrotherapy exercises to do in the pool and give you written instructions for you to practise on your own.

Hydrotherapy is physiotherapy treatment in a warm pool (34˚Celsius). Hydrotherapy is very useful for rehabilitation and exercise when people cannot exercise on land due to weight bearing restrictions, or painful and sensitive structures.

Effects of Hydrotherapy

  • Strengthen weak muscles firstly using the support of buoyancy and then the resistance of moving through the water
  • Reduces muscle spasms and pain due to the warmth of the water
  • Reduced swelling in legs due to the compression from water pressure
  • Increases flexibility and range of movement due to buoyancy assisting the movement
  • Improves balance due to the turbulence and exercise practise
  • Improves walking ability in early rehabilitation as you can practise with less weight bearing with the support of the water and also due to the resistance of walking against the water
  • Increases cardio-vascular fitness for those with low CV fitness due to injury and illness
  • Reduces disc and joint compression due to buoyancy
  • Reduces sympathetic nervous system activity due to warmth
  • Increases relaxation/reduces anxiety due to warmth, buoyancy and the fun of exercising often in a group
  • Improves sense of well-being due to the benefits of exercise and success in movement

There are two Hydrotherapy sessions

  • Monday 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Individual, group and self-help/unsupervised therapy are available. Individual treatment is available before the group treatment times. Please bring a doctor’s referral if you are covered by EPC or Department of Veteran’s Affair. Workcover & TAC patients will be treated if they have a valid claim.

To participate in Hydrotherapy sessions you must first be assessed in the clinic so that your problem can be discussed and your medical history checked. This ensures that Hydrotherapy treatment is the optimal treatment for you, and that it is safe for you to exercise in warm water (the pool temperature is 34 degrees Celsius).

Problems children and adults may have that could benefit from Hydrotherapy treatment

  • Back pain/ sciatica/lumbar instability and weakness
  • Whiplash
  • Sports injuries and tendinopathy
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis /Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • CRPS – Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Work and accident related injuries
  • Rehabilitation after fractures including: ankles, wrists, knees, hips, shoulders and the spine
  • Rehabilitation preparing for or after joint replacements, ligament and tendon repairs

Womens’ Health

  • Back and pelvic pain during and after Pregnancy
  • Exercises for, or to prevent osteoporosis
  • Gentle exercise after liposuction


  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • CRPS – Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
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