Success Through Hydrotherapy – Greg’s Story

February 1, 2023

This is an inspiring story of Greg, a client of our caring Exercise Physiologist Patrick.

Greg’s sister and support coordinator reached out to Total Health Physio, seeking support in assisting Greg to improve his fitness and function. 

Greg had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) multiple decades ago whilst surfing. He lives in an assisted living home and receives support from carers. Greg is a very capable individual and looked forward to working with us!

Symptoms of a TBI

People who have sustained a TBI can experience a range of symptoms, namely:

  • Compromised balance
  • Contractions throughout the body
  • Difficulty walking
  • Cognitive and memory impairments

At Total Health Physio, our team is passionate about providing healthcare to people living with physical and neurological conditions.

What Greg Loves About His Life

Greg has a wonderful partner who he loves very much, he loves his footy (Melbourne Demons!) and is grateful for his supportive sisters. Greg also loves the water but had not been swimming for many years. At Total Health Physio, we strive to understand what motivates people on a personal level.

Starting Exercise Physiology & Hydrotherapy with Greg

Greg has been working with Patrick for the last 6 months.

Initially, they focused on land-based exercise programs, such as strength and balance, as well as trunk control, which in turn, assists with walking. Pat reported significant improvements in Greg’s mobility and independence in this time.

Once Pat learned of Greg’s love for water he suggested that they move their exercise sessions to the pool and thus their hydrotherapy journey commenced, this quickly became the highlight of Greg’s week!

Reflections from Patrick and Greg

Pat reported that from the first session, Greg was enthusiastic and motivated. He jumped straight into the water and swam freestyle. Pat was later able to incorporate specific strength, balance and endurance exercises into their sessions.

Hydrotherapy was clearly an environment in which Greg felt confident and re developed a love for exercise!

Greg has loved his hydrotherapy sessions and has expressed amazement at what he has managed to achieve in such a short time.

Looking To The Future

Total Health Physio is excited to continue to support Greg with his future goals – wherever they take him. Whether that be attending an AFL game, seeing family, going on holidays or going to the beach for a swim! Pat will continue to support Greg by finding meaningful activities and setting achievable goals.

Greg – we thank you for letting us be part of your journey!

Know an NDIS Participant in Melbourne Who Would Like to Try Hydrotherapy?

We’d love to hear from you.

  • We are an NDIS registered provider
  • We offer Physio, OT and EP and we come to you
  • We can access a hydrotherapy pool of your choice

You can learn more about hydrotherapy and exercise physiology here. If you’d like to book hydrotherapy or any support with one of our amazing therapists please use our contact page.