The submersion of a body in water creates an upward buoyant force that unloads weight from the body in question. What this translates to in aquatic therapy is a low impact environment for exercise and rehabilitation. This decrease in strain on tender ligaments and joints allows people suffering from pain, balance impairments, and mobility limitations to perform exercises that they would be unable to on land. Furthermore, the low impact environment also allows for conditioning in athletic performance training at normal or increased levels of intensity with decreased stress on the body.
Why Aquatic Therapy?
From a rehabilitation standpoint, aquatic therapy is revolutionary in that it enables patients to start treatment earlier and see better results over a shorter period of recovery time. Aquatic therapy can be used on its own or as part of a treatment plan (i.e.: physiotherapy) and has been proven as an effective means of treatment for:
- Orthopedic rehabilitation, both preceding and following surgery
- Rehabilitation for acute and chronic injuries
- Chronic pain therapy
- Stroke recovery
- Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS)
- Athletic injuries, and much more
Hydrathletics provides caring professional assistance and utilizes state of the art HydroWorx® pools to help clients restore and maintain mobility, strength, and function. Our HydroWorx® pools bring the crucial element of versatility to aquatic therapy with their distinct features, which allow for specific adjustments in exercise routines based on the needs of each client. Each small adjustment can bring a client one step closer to an optimal outcome. HydroWorx® Pool Features include:
- Underwater treadmill – featuring variable speeds ranging from 0-7mph, easily controlled from within the pool
- Resistance jets – located directly in front of treadmill with variable resistance for increased workout intensity
- Massage hose – connecting to the resistance jet, the massage hose uses concentrated air pressure to work fascia in muscles
- Underwater camera – live feed of real-time lower body movement in water provides an excellent resource for gait training and ensuring the proper execution of aquatic exercises
- Temperature controlled water— temperatures of 92° F help relax muscles, creating an effective therapeutic environment, particularly beneficial to individuals suffering from chronic pain.
Through innovative therapy and custom-tailored programs, Hydrathletics strives to help you reach your goals and improve your quality of life.
Our professional expertise paired with our cutting-edge aquatic technology
provide our clients with a therapy experience unlike any in Canada.