Activities and exercises in warm water (hydrotherapy) can give a person greater range of motion and help to relax muscles. The buoyant nature of the water supports the body assisting to maximise a person’s abilities. Hydrotherapy is considered an incredibly beneficial form of exercise for people with neuromuscular conditions as it can assist with maintaining flexibility, mobility and strength.

Muscular Dystrophy South Australia provides a hydrotherapy programme for people aged 18 and over. The programme is tailored to suit individual needs. The sessions are run by a qualified neuro-physiotherapist and provide the opportunity for low impact, low resistance exercise. Hydrotherapy attendants are also available in the sessions to provide assistance in the water and some dry land assistance.

We currently run two, one hour sessions each Thursday at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at no cost for clients of Muscular Dystrophy South Australia. To be eligible to take part in hydrotherapy, clients undertake an initial dry land assessment with the neuro-physiotherapist who can assess if the hydrotherapy sessions will be suitable. The sessions are very popular and clients report that not only is hydrotherapy beneficial but the session also provides a positive social setting for people to connect with others with a neuromuscular condition.

Hydrotherapy is arranged by the Client Services team at Muscular Dystrophy SA so If you are interested in taking part in hydrotherapy or would like further information on what hydrotherapy is about, please contact Aisling from Client Services on 8234 5266 or email aotoole@mdasa.org.au