Hydrotherapy at Ocean Kids Health

Hydrotherapy at Ocean Kids Health

By Nikita O’Brien – Paediatric Exercise Physiologist & Hydrotherapy Clinical Lead


What is hydrotherapy at Ocean Kids Health
Hydrotherapy (also known as water-based therapy) is a treatment program that is carried out in the water by our highly experienced Paediatric Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists. At Ocean Kids Health, therapist will collaborate with the family to develop hydrotherapy goals, which will ensure that each session is individually tailored to your child. The aquatic environment enables children to get in positions that are difficult to achieve on land, which assisting in targeting specific muscle groups.

Benefits of hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy has many benefits including:

  • Pain management – the warm water assists in allowing muscles to relax in conjunction with reducing the load on muscles and joints.
  • Improved muscle strength – the water provides resistance against movements, the faster the movement the more resistance will be created.
  • Improved muscle endurance – as the water provides resistance against movements, kids will have to work harder to complete movements.
  • Enhanced blood circulation – blood vessels dilate in the warm water environment which assist with blood circulation to working muscles. Additionally, the hydrostatic pressure assists with veins return and can reduce swelling.
  • Improved body awareness – the waters hydrostatic pressure provides deep pressure to the body which give children greater feedback as to where their body is in space.
  • Increased coordination – hydrotherapy allows greater proprioception which assists with children with controlling movements.
  • Improved balance – the water provides support through buoyancy, this allows great time for children to react to postural changes.
  • Increased flexibility – the warm water assists in allowing muscles to relax
  • Managing effects of muscle tone – reduced tone can be assisted though the increase proprioception and strength. Increased muscle tone can be assisted through the warm water allowing muscles to relax.

These are only some of the benefit’s hydrotherapy provides, and most of all it’s FUN!

Conditions we commonly work with in hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy can assist with a variety of conditions, including;

  • Neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
  • Hypermobility disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders (where children seek or avoid movement)
  • Kids that have muscle weakness
  • Kids that have difficulty coordinating movement patterns
  • Respiratory conditions

Booking hydrotherapy with Ocean Kids Health
Prior to children commencing the hydrotherapy service they are required to have an initial assessment. The initial assessment will include completing a hydrotherapy screening form to determine if the child is appropriate and safe to be in the hydrotherapy pool.
The hydrotherapy sessions are completed at PARC (Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre) in Frankston.

There are two hydrotherapy booking options with our amazing paediatric exercise physiologists and physiotherapists which include:

1. Termly hydrotherapy program: 

  • Your child will be seen 1-on-1 in the hydrotherapy pool with sessions run by our highly trained Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.
  • The weekly session are 45 minutes in duration
  • The sessions are booked at the same time as the Victorian school terms, finishing 1 week earlier then then end of the school term

2. Hydrotherapy holiday program:

  • Your child will be seen 1-on-1 in the hydrotherapy pool with sessions run by our highly trained Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.
  • Daily 1:1 session for 60 minutes, for 1 or 2 weeks
  • The sessions are booked in the Victorian school holidays
  • Children will be provided a home hydrotherapy program and a summary report of the progress made over their program

To book your child’s place in our termly or hydrotherapy holiday programs, please chat to your child’s treating therapist or contact our amazing admin team!

Our Ocean Kids Health team are here to help you and your child thrive!