Aqua Therapy

What is aqua therapy?

Aqua therapy is active rehab performed in a swimming pool. We offer aqua therapy at most of our locations. The water provides a support environment and is makes it easier for individuals who struggle with weight bearing to exercise.


Who would benefit from aqua therapy?

People who struggle with performing traditional rehabilitation exercises in a weight room benefit from an aqua therapy program. The water provides gentle resistance for strength exercises. People who have difficulty with standing and/or walking because of an issue with their hips, knees or ankles would benefit from aqua therapy. People who are uncomfortable exercising on land, report feel greater ease of movement with exercising in the water.

What is the difference between active rehab and aqua therapy?

Active rehab is a term used to describe exercise therapy generally performed in a clinic or weight room setting. Aqua therapy is exercise rehabilitation performed in shallow or deep water.

How long are aqua therapy sessions?

Aqua therapy sessions are an hour in length.

What happens during aqua therapy sessions?

Strength and mobility exercises are performed in the water. A Kinesiologist instructs aqua therapy. Exercises are performed in the shallow end where the water is approximately chest height. If you feel comfortable in the water, your Kinesiologist may have you perform exercises in the deep end wearing a floatation belt. Most community centres have floatation belts available for patrons to use.

Do I need to know how to swim lengths to participate in aqua therapy?

You do not need to know how to swim to participate in aqua therapy.

What’s the difference between a group water aerobics class and aqua therapy?

Group water aerobics classes are tailored for someone who does not have physical limitations or soft tissue injuries. They are aimed at increasing your cardio vascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Because aqua therapy is one-on-one it is designed to help the participant progress in their rehabilitation. The exercises are customized to the individuals injuries and physical condition.

What do I need to do in order to participate in aqua therapy?

It is recommended that you talk with your doctor to determine if aqua therapy is appropriate for you. Please have your doctor provide you with a written referral for aqua therapy.

Do I need special equipment to participate in aqua therapy?

Besides a bathing suit, I would recommend having some sandals that you wear while walking on the pool deck. The pools generally have other equipment such a pool noodles, aquatic dumbbells or aqua therapy belts that you may use.