Frequently Asked Questions
How are the Hydrathletics pools different than regular pools?
Our pools aren’t just for swimming—they’re fully developed aquatic environments designed to support rehabilitation. Our pools have underwater treadmills, cameras that provide visual feedback, resistance jets, stairs for easy access, and handrails. We use all of this equipment to personalize each one-on-one training session with treatment programs unique to each patient.
Is aquatic therapy just for athletes?
Not at all! Aquatic therapy can be a great training or treatment option for anyone. Learn more here.
When should I begin aquatic therapy?
You’ll see the most benefit by starting your aquatic therapy early in your rehab, but for the best long-term results, you should continue your treatment throughout your entire recovery. Aquatic therapy is great for restoring strength and improving mobility, even in the late stages of rehab when you’re feeling better.
But don’t let the name fool you—aquatic therapy isn’t just for rehabilitation. Even if you’re just interested in a new training tool to improve athletic performance, aquatic therapy may be the right choice for you. Talk to one of our therapists today to find out more.
Why do I feel more sore after a treatment?
This has to do with basic physiology. No matter what type of stressors you place on your body, your muscles, joints, and nervous system will need time to adapt. During any therapy session, whether it’s aquatic therapy, physiotherapy or massage therapy, mobilizing joints that aren’t moving properly and releasing tight muscles will create discomfort. You’ll generally feel the most soreness after your early treatments as this is when the root causes of your pain are being addressed.
When will I start feeling better?
Results vary for each client due to several factors, but in general, it takes about 2 to 4 weeks for the body to respond to treatments. Physical therapy involves correcting faulty bio mechanics and adaptations that your body has made to compensate for injuries; as such, you’ll see gradual improvements over time.
What can I do to speed things up?
In many cases, your therapist will give you a list of exercises, muscle activation techniques, and flexibility movements that you can do at home to aid in your recovery and improve your results. Without a doubt, the clients who see the best results from physical therapy are the ones who complete these exercises as advised by their therapist.
What’s the temperature of the water?
The water is set at 92 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for warming your body and relaxing your muscles.
How fast does the underwater treadmill go?
The treadmills move up to 7 miles per hour, quick enough for a fast-paced run underwater. Add in the water jets for extra resistance and you’ll be surprised at how challenging it can be.
What should I wear to my appointment?
For aquatic therapy, a bathing suit or tight fitting athletic wear is appropriate (baggy clothes will billow in the water). For physical therapy, loose athletic wear and running shoes is recommended. During a massage treatment, you can dress to your level of comfort while allowing access to the areas being treated.
How much weight is removed at different water levels?
Due to the effects of buoyancy—the upward force of water opposing gravity during submersion—you’ll feel lighter at different water depths. At hip level, about 50 percent of your weight will be removed. At chest level, about 75 percent of your weight will be reduced. And with water as high as your clavicle, a full 90 percent of your weight will be removed. This means that no matter what illness, injury, or disability you have, our therapists can personalize your treatment to a level that works for you.
Our professional expertise paired with our cutting-edge aquatic technology
provide our clients with a therapy experience unlike any in Canada.