SSPC Southern Suburbs Physio | Hydrotherapy
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HydroIMG_2148SSPC runs Hydrotherapy classes with a qualified Aquatic Physiotherapist 3 times a week out of the East Bentleigh Community Health Centre. Private Health Insurance Rebates apply. Your treating Physiotherapist or GP can refer you to this service. Hydrotherapy can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, develop balance and coordination, and improve general fitness. The groups are run in small class sizes with participants all focussing on their own individualised program under the direction of the Aquatic Physiotherapist. Patients do not necessarily need to be able to swim to be able to benefit from hydrotherapy and hoist facilities are available if needed for patients to use to get in and out of the pool.

What are the therapeutic benefits of Hydrotherapy & exercise in warm water?

  • Muscular relaxation and decreased muscle spasm.
  • Decreased pain due to warmth and support.
  • Gravity is countered by buoyancy.
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance due to the greater resistance in water.
  • Improvement in swelling, due to hydrostatic pressure.
  • Enhanced balance and stabilisation.
  • Improved enjoyment and confidence to move better.

How does Hydrotherapy work?

The Hydrotherapy pool operates at a temperature of approximately 34 C. The warmth increases circulation, reduces muscle spasm, and helps to relieve pain. Hydrotherapy is often a stepping stone for patients to progress onto gym or land based exercise programs, however can be full rehabilitation in itself for many sports, orthopaedic and degenerative problems.



Monday: 6:00 – 6:45pm
Tuesday: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Thursday: 4:00 – 4:45pm



Bentleigh Bayside Community Health Centre.

Gardeners Rd East Bentleigh

What to bring


Bathers, towel, an extra pair of slip-on shoes

Conditions treated by hydrotherapy?


  • Low Back Pain or  Sciatica
  • Poor Core stability
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries
  • Recover from Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthritis – including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid conditions
  • Workplace and Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Ante Natal / Post Natal Rehab / Weak Pelvic Floor

Precautions/Contraindications in Hydrotherapy


  • Cardiac patients, especially left heart failure
  • Increased difficulty of breathing
  • Respiratory muscle weakness
  • Airways resistance problems
  • Renal (kidney) failure
  • Severe postural hypotension (decreased BP with position change)
  • Controlled hypertension (high BP)

Please speak to your Physio or GP is these apply to you

For more information about Hydrotherapy please call the East Bentleigh clinic on 9570 8538.

We work closely with you and carry out research to understand your needs and wishes.