Take a Dip to Soothe the Aches and Pains; Hydrotherapy Is Nature's Wonder Drug

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Byline: BECCI ASQUITH

IT CAN increase circulation, speed up your metabolism, soothe aches and pains, and aid recovery from injuries.

But it is not some new wonder drug or miracle potion.

The C[pounds sterling]amazing cureC[yen] is water.

Hydrotherapy has been around for centuries and before it had a fancy name, it was simply the act of bathing or performing exercises in warm water to maintain or restore health.

Hydrotherapy pools are now being used across the world to help streams of people become healthier.

University of the Sunshine Coast science, heath and education acting dean Brendan Burkett said hydrotherapy pools had a number of benefits and were excellent when used in for recovery programs.

C[pounds sterling]Hydrotherapy pools are great for people with stiff or weak joints, particularly in the knees, ankles and hips,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]They enable people to repair and recover much quicker than normal.

C[pounds sterling]They're great for people with disabilities and pregnant women, as there is less pressure when moving.C[yen]

He said such pools reduced impact and strain on joints, and helped increase blood circulation.

Prof Burkett, who is part of the university's aquatic research team and a gold medal-winning paralympian, said hydrotherapy was not just for people with health issues but could be used as part of an exercise routine, as it helped increase resistance and strengthening.

C[pounds sterling]It's naturally cooler exercising in water,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]The pools help with joint flexibility and allow more movement. It (hydrotherapy) can help recovery after a long walk or other exercise.C[yen]

There are hydrotherapy pools across the Coast, which already help with a host of health issues as well as provide pampering benefits and recreation.

Noosa Springs Spa, for example, has added high-powered jets to create the hydromassage pool. …