Malvern East Physiotherapy offers hydrotherapy – a form of aquatic physiotherapy, at the purpose-built pool within Harold Holt Swim Centre.

HydrotherapyOur hydrotherapy services are patient-specific and designed by a physiotherapist to assist post-surgery, or as part of your rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy also helps to relieve pain, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, promote relaxation, improve balance and coordination as well as overall fitness.

Hydrotherapy classes are available one-on-one, or group based. Groups are run in small class sizes, and all participants will be under supervision from our physiotherapists, who get in the water with you.

Hydrotherapy is safe and rewarding.  To get started, book an initial physiotherapy assessment by one of our physiotherapists, to ensure it is appropriate for you.


Group classes run on Tuesdays and Fridays:

Tuesday Friday
10:30 – 11:20 10:00 – 10:50
11:30 – 12:20 11:00 – 11:50
12:30 – 1:20

Note: This timetable is subject to change. Please contact the clinic on 9571 6888 for confirmation.


Harold Holt Aquatic Centre
1409-1413 High St, Glen Iris VIC 3146

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with Hydrotherapy at Malvern East Physio?2019-08-06T15:21:32+10:00

Get started by booking a consultation at our clinic with one of our physios who will help develop a hydrotherapy program specific to you.

Your initial assessment is a perfect opportunity to identify goals and any areas of focus that you would like to address.

During your assessment, your physiotherapist will complete a thorough full body assessment.  Additionally, our physiotherapists will screen to ensure that you can safely do hydrotherapy.

Can I use Hydrotherapy as a form of rehabilitation?2019-08-06T15:21:50+10:00

Hydrotherapy is suitable for those undergoing rehabilitation or pre-habilitation.  The buoyancy of water results in less load and force being put through the joint.

It is fantastic for those about to undergo or rehabilitating from lower limb surgery such as hip or knee replacements or foot and ankle surgery.

Do I need to be able to swim?2019-08-06T15:22:04+10:00

Swimming experience is not necessary whatsoever.

The hydrotherapy pool at Harold Holt Aquatic centre is specifically built for hydrotherapy. Accessibility to the pool is available from the ramp, hoist or stairs.  The depth of the water varies between 0.8m to 1.3m.

Do I get any health rebates for hydrotherapy?2019-08-06T15:22:53+10:00

Yes, depending on your level of extras cover. We have portable HICAPS facilities to make the private health claims for you.  Please note that not all health funds can be claimed on our portable facility.

Alternately, our friendly team will provide you with an itemised receipt and can assist in claiming directly from your health fund.

Can I wear my glasses in the pool?2019-08-06T15:23:11+10:00

Yes you can. You don’t need to put your head under the water if you don’t want.

Is the pool warm?2019-08-06T15:23:23+10:00

The hydrotherapy pool is kept at approximately 30.5 degrees Celsius.

What do I bring to hydrotherapy?2019-08-06T15:23:37+10:00

Bathers, towel and suitable pool clothing.  We supply all hydrotherapy equipment that may be utilised during your hydrotherapy session including pool noodles, dumbbells steps and floatation devices.  In addition, we recommend bringing a small drink bottle.

Shower and change room facilities including disability access are readily available and located within five metres of the hydrotherapy pool exit.

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