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As the name suggest, Aquatic Therapy is an exercise based treatment that is performed in the water; typically in a pool.
For patients whose injury or chronic condition prevents full weight-bearing activity, the buoyancy of water and the gentle resistance it provides makes treatment possible when it might otherwise not be. In particular, Aquatic Therapy is very good for:
- reducing pain & inflammation
- increasing range of motion
- improving strength & function
- enhancing overall rehabilitation outcomes
Aquatic therapy can be particularly useful for patients with chronic conditions including:
- back pain
- joint pain (ankles, knees and hips)
Aquatic therapy is also good for those recovering from a:
- sports injury
- motor vehicle accident
- stroke or neurological incident
- some other form of trauma
It’s also excellent for losing weight & increasing fitness and for many older patients to receive gentle treatment and/or to stay active!
While Aquatic Therapy is typically performed in a swimming pool, is can also be provided through an underwater treadmill. While many of our clinics provide Aquatic Therapy in a swimming pool, only our Leaside clinic currently has an underwater treadmill (the HydroWorx 200).