5 WAYS HYDRATHLETICS AQUATIC THERAPY DIFFERS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY POOL
The buoyancy and density of water allows us to do things in the pool earlier than on land. And while we agree your local pool can be a beneficial form of aquatic therapy for some injuries and cross-training goals, there are limitations. Here are five reasons that may change your mind about choosing Hydrathletics Aquatic Therapy over your community pool.
1 | AQUATIC TREADMILL
The floor contains a treadmill that can go from 0.1 mph to 7.5 mph. You can go from walking to running to sprinting in a matter of seconds. Underwater treadmill running has been shown to be more similar to land running compared to deep water running and shallow water running. When it comes to rehabilitating an injury or a cross-training method, Hydrathletics aquatic therapy is one step up.
2 | CAMERAS
One thing your community pool definitely doesn’t have is underwater cameras. Our aquatic therapy pool contains two high definition underwater cameras that project onto a television in front of you. The visual feedback of being able to see yourself move from multiple viewpoints can help you make corrections to strengthen your movement patterns and gait. Seeing is believing!
3 | RESISTANCE JETS
Water is 800 times denser than air. When in water, you are exercising through resistance with every movement you make, while reducing the amount of stress on the joints. In addition to this resistance, our aquatic therapy pool also comes equipped with resistance jets that exert a powerful stream of water towards you while you are walking or running. The jets are used along with running speed to increase intensity and provide an additional challenge to other exercises.
4 | MULTIPLE FLOOR LEVELS
Our aquatic therapy pool is not limited to one floor height. Our pools consist of multiple floor heights that allow us to modify the resistance of exercises with ease. As you progress in your recovery, your workout will progress with you! The added bonus compared to a community pool is that you will be progressively exercising with less support of the water as you transition back to land-based training.
5 | ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS
Most importantly, the sessions are not done in groups like your community center, but one-on-one with a practitioner that will give you specific exercises and feedback to progress towards your goals. Following your session, they will also recommend other ways you may be able to integrate treatment from other members of the Hydrathletics team.
Visit our website (www.hydrathletics.ca) to learn more or call us today at 613.384.3111 to ask how our underwater treadmill can help you recover from an injury, surgery, chronic pain, work within your performance goals or aid in recovery.