Aqua Therapy

Clinically Proven Aqua Therapy To Accelerate Healing

Aqua therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy or occupational therapy. Regardless of injury, water is one of the best environments to achieve full function.
Our Aqua Therapy Program is individually designed and provided by qualified healthcare providers in a pool heated to 32°C with salted water. Treatments and exercises are performed using vertical water training techniques and are safe for a wide range of conditions. 

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Benefits Of Aqua Therapy

Specifically designed aqua therapy exercises and techniques utilize the properties of water such as buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure to add another dimension to rehabilitation therapy which could not be accomplished on dry land. 

Our Aqua Therapy Program will be tailored to the patient’s needs with overall goals of:

  • decreasing pain and discomfort
  • decreasing swelling of injured joints and tissues
  • increasing muscle and core strength
  • increasing proprioceptive awareness and overall functional abilities 
  • increasing range of motion
  • reducing muscle spasticity, improving endurance and cardiovascular function

Advantages Of Aqua Therapy

Because water is denser than air, it exerts more pressure on the patient. This is because the water constantly adjusts its shape to accommodate the patient’s movements. It compresses the skin, muscles, and joints via a concept called hydrostatic pressure. This concept forces the heart and lungs to work harder because the chest cavity is under direct pressure. In addition, it acts as a compression bandage for the entire body, helping to relieve chronic muscle aches when the patient is submerged neck-deep. Water has multiple therapeutic benefits that stem from hydrostatic pressure.

The nervous system has an acute network of nerve endings in the skin and muscles that can respond to the slightest stimulus. Under a constant stimulus, such as pressure from water that the body is not used to, the nervous system will automatically dull the reticular system, which is the part of the brain responsible for dealing with tactile sensory neurons. This can also help to dull muscle pain, making it easier for you to stretch your muscles to their full range of motion to speed up treatment. One of the biggest obstacles to physical therapy is the pain involved in moving injured muscles to restore their function. Patients often have to be coaxed by their practitioner/therapist, which can take up session time. Also, people who dislike being touched often feel calmer in water because their sense of touch isn’t as acute.

One of the biggest aquatic therapy benefits is the constant resistance water offers when compared to air. Aquatic exercises are some of the most energy-intensive workouts that exist. Being forced to exert more energy to perform accustomed motions helps tone atrophied muscles faster by using more muscle fibers, and the presence of water helps reduce pain. It also helps to keep the patient standing and minimizes a possible fear of falling due to water’s buoyancy.

The natural viscosity and resistance water provide forces the patient to move more slowly. This allows the brain to process the signals from your muscles more thoroughly because it has more time, an ideal benefit for rebuilding muscle memory. If someone has a neuromuscular condition or other impairment, muscle re-education is made easier by the presence of water due to this property. Even outside of aquatic therapy, performing exercises in water makes the patient focus on taking the muscle properly through its full range of motion because the patient isn’t able to move as quickly and can think about how their body is moving.

Being in the water allows the therapist to swim around you in order to work with all parts of your body, so you will not have to worry about turning over when you are comfortable or when preparing to do another exercise. Aquatic therapy makes it easier for both you and your therapist.

Because of hydrostatic pressure, the patient’s heart is under constant pressure. Also, water typically used for aquatic therapy is usually kept at warmer-than-average temperatures because warmth promotes circulation. Increased blood flow to the limbs helps promote healing. For patients with weaker heart muscles, this can compensate for poor circulation by getting oxygen-rich blood to reach the periphery of the body.

Warm water helps to dilate blood vessels, improving circulation to the muscles. Muscle soreness is caused by lactic acid build-up, and the increased blood flow carries lactic acid away from the muscles and eases soreness. Sore muscles after a hard workout can demotivate the patient because of the pain involved. Therefore, one of the biggest aquatic therapy benefits is that of relaxing muscles and increase compliance and participation after the session is over. This also helps prevent accidental injury from overtraining, reducing the level of stress inflicted on healing muscles, cartilage, or connective tissue.

Water flows in currents when you move through it. The gentle flow of water molecules around the body can acts as a natural form of massage, helping to further promote circulation and the relaxation of tired or sore muscles.

One of the most important aquatic therapy benefits is it helps promote a positive, reinforcing environment for the patient to work in. The light-hearted atmosphere that water promotes is vital to the healing process, especially because it’s easy to get discouraged when exercises are hard, too painful, or too boring/redundant to perform. Although aqua therapy is designed to rehabilitate the body, it can also benefit the mind.

Advantages Of Aqua Therapy

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About us

Hydroactive Aqua Therapy and Rehabilitation Center is Vaughan’s newest and most advanced injury and motor vehicle accident recovery facility. Our clinic features a state of the art swimming pool applying the latest technology in rehabilitation science. The main goal of our clinic is to help you achieve better health both quickly and efficiently.

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1-676 Westburne Drive 
Concord, ON L4K4V5



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Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)

Financial Services Commission Of Ontario

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