Aquatic Physiotherapy in Toronto
Aquatic physical therapy is a branch of physical therapy that may be suggested by your therapist, or you can visit a clinic specifically for this reason. At Healthfx Physiotherapy, we are now happy to say that we are able to offer aquatic therapy to our clients!
Aquatic physical therapy is useful in treating a lengthy list of conditions, and can be recommended to clients of all ages. It is easy for therapists to take age into account when creating a water therapy program. Conditions in which water therapy may be recommended to you include:
Parkinson’s disease and Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic physical therapy is recommended often for clients who suffer chronic pain.
If you or someone you know suffers from Parkinson’s disease, the symptoms will sound familiar: Tremors, rigidity of the limbs and torso, and problems with balance, coordination and/or mobility.
In water, the fear of falling that can be associated with physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease simply melts away. The pools used in a physical therapy setting are even equipped with extra tools to prevent stumbles.
Process and Safety
While aqua therapy eliminates many dangers for certain clients such as those with balance disorders, there are still procedures that are followed to maintain your safety as a client. Therapists take into consideration blood-borne pathogen risks and are trained in first aid and CPR.
Aquatic therapy may not be for you if you suffer from:
If you are currently taking medication that alters cognition, this is also a consideration. Once it has been determined that aquatic physical therapy is a viable option you will arrive at the pool in a bathing suit or other apparel that makes you feel comfortable in your surroundings.
Your therapist will be there every step of the way to reassure you and make the process easy and even fun!
Therapy at Your Comfort Level
The physical therapy we offer in Toronto is all about you—the client. Aquatic therapy is just one more way that we can bend our techniques to fit your comfort zone.
After a therapy session you even get to enjoy the ultimate massage, provided by resistance jets! This is a deep tissue massage that will work your muscles and prevent the buildup of lactic acid.
When you attend an aqua therapy session all you need to bring is what you would bring to a pool—swimsuit or comfortable clothing, a towel, water bottle, and pool shoes or sandals. Healthfx Physiotherapy provides any accessories such as flotation devices, barbells, ankle weights, kickboards and noodles.
Also, always bring your best attitude and aquatic physical therapy will be your new best friend.