What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, also known as aqua therapy and water therapy, is a form of therapeutic exercise undertaken in water. A safe and effective treatment for various injuries, hydrotherapy is especially beneficial for those that are aggravated by weight-bearing.

Performing a range of gentle exercises in a pool, the physics of combining warm water and buoyancy assists in facilitating certain movement patterns, while providing resistance for others. Our university-trained therapist will join you in the pool to carefully guide you through each exercise and give you peace of mind.

The benefits of hydrotherapy

Relieving pressure on joints, hydrotherapy is designed to be easier and less painful than exercising on land. A safe form of rehabilitation or low-impact exercise, aqua therapy helps to mobilise stiff and sore joints and muscles.

An effective treatment for many injuries and illnesses, hydrotherapy is particularly suitable for:

  • Arthritic joints
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation, including knee and hip replacements as well as shoulder surgery
  • Neurological and brain injuries, including stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy
  • Patients with multiple trauma, eg. motor vehicle accident recoveries
  • Pain management
  • Mobility and balance; particularly good for those with a high fall risk 
  • General exercise
  • Mental health

What to expect at your first hydrotherapy session

Before attending your first water therapy session with Fizzio For Life, we organise you to meet with one of our highly-trained physiotherapists or exercise physiologists. This enables our team to assess the appropriateness of this treatment for you, develop a personalised program and ensure your safety in the water.  


Our hydrotherapy sessions are held at the Gould Adams Pool, Kingston Road, Kingston and Beenleigh Pool, City Road, Beenleigh. You are responsible for paying your pool entry (except for DVA and some third party insurance patients). 

Your therapist will meet you at the pool and rather than standing on the side giving you directions, they join you in the water, ensuring that you feel safe and secure. 

Providing you with full supervision and support, we carefully guide you through a program of water-assisted stretches and exercises. We may also recommend you use some gentle resistance, such as pool weights, resistance bands or a flotation device. 

No matter what your level of water-confidence, we cater to your needs. Each pool also has ramps, hoists and water wheelchairs available, to ensure ease of access.

How long is a hydrotherapy session? 

A personalised session may vary in time from 30 minutes to one hour, dependent on your needs.

What to wear 

If you’re not comfortable wearing bathers, that’s fine.  You can opt to wear shorts or tights and a shirt which will give you room to move. Keep in mind that the chlorine in the pool is a form of bleach, so please don’t wear your best clothes!

You may also wear water shoes and remember to bring your towel. Change room facilities are available at both pools. 

How to access our services 

To make an appointment for your hydrotherapy session, you can either call our team Tel: 07 3805 3223 or book online. You do not need a referral from your GP.

For detailed information on how to best access our services, click HERE

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Meet our team


Michael Gilbert

Principal Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist

Michael’s experience includes musculoskeletal, cardiac, orthopedic and respiratory physiotherapy. He has extensive experience in treating hands and upper limbs, post-surgical rehab of shoulders, as well as post-hip and knee surgery treatment. … Read More


Julie Atkin

Senior Physiotherapist

Julie has a wealth of experience in sports physiotherapy, and a special interest in Women’s Health. Julie treats pelvic floor and continence disorders, prolapse, pregnancy and postnatal problems, and exercise in the child-bearing year – all perfectly supplemented by her Pilates experience.… Read More


Maathangi Karunaharan


Maathangi, or “M” as we affectionately call her, has over four years of experience working as a physiotherapist in both private practice and occupational health. … Read More


Josh Willcocks


Josh is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise and Sports Science Australia Member (ESSAM). He will strive to help you to achieve your exercise-related goals using all the knowledge he has gained through his experience as a student, clinician, and sportsman.… Read More


Kerryn Ivers

Exercise Physiologist

With over six years of experience as an exercise physiologist, Kerryn loves helping people to improve their health so they can live their life to the fullest. Whether that be returning to sport, managing a chronic condition or simply being … Read More


Jayne Russell

Therapy Assistant

Providing guidance and support to our patients through carefully structured exercise programs, Jayne is instrumental in improving the quality of life for many of our patients. Open-minded, compassionate and super-positive, Jayne instils a feeling of hope and self-belief in our … Read More