Our Amazing Pool is the only one of its kind in Canada. It is computer controlled in which the water temperature is kept at a constant 90F and the air temperature is 86F so you don't feel cold exercising in the water. Also, there is very little chlorine used therefore being much healthier than a public pool. It has a state of the art stainless steel floor with see-through fiberglass sides which allow our therapists to correct any errors during treatment. The pool is equipped with a mechanical lift and stairs which facilitates access for patients.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Promote relaxation & pain relief
- Improve/maintain strength
- Improve/maintain joint range of motion
- Improve body/postural awareness & balance
- Decrease muscle spasm
- Decrease swelling
- Improve coordination
- Improve circulation
- Improve/maintain mobility
Our hydrotherapy program is designed to maximize your physical condition and support your treatment goals. Hydrotherapy is a unique treatment because it incorporates the natural benefits of water in a controlled therapeutic environment. Benefits include; muscle relaxation, improved joint motion, reduced weight bearing, increased circulation, and better coordination and balance.
Hydrotherapy also offers patients:
- Promote relaxation & pain relief
- Comfortable and supportive pre-surgical preparation.
- Rehabilitation after surgery, such as total hip replacement.
- Treatment for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and neurological conditions.
About Our Pool
The Swedish-made hydrotherapy pool at Family Physiotherapy Centre Kanata is designed for therapeutic use. It is a warm pool and is kept between 31 and 34 degrees Celsius (87 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit).
There are two ways to get in and out of the pool: either by a set of steps with guardrails, or by way of a chair lift.
The pool is all one depth at approximately 4 feet. Within the pool, there are 4 water jets that can be used to create a whirlpool effect. A therapist will always be working with you while you are in the pool. Depending on your needs, the therapist may be in the pool with you or instructing from the outside.
The glass panels on the side of the pool will allow the therapist working with you to clearly see joint motion and give you feedback.
The Arjo Hydrotherapy Pool is a constantly filtered and chlorinated pool, although there is no strong smell of chlorine as the chemical is added as the water is filtered. Its highly specialized filtration system ensures that chlorine concentration is maintained at a standard level while at the same time significantly reducing its negative effects (i.e. smell, dry skin). Our hydrotherapy pool has been inspected and has met the standards set by the Health Department.
Our change rooms are wheelchair accessible with a locked area for personal items and valuables. Hydrotherapy participants must shower using warm water and soap and thoroughly rinse off before entering the pool.
What can I expect?
Before you begin your hydrotherapy, you will be assessed by a physiotherapist and be required to complete a medical questionnaire to ensure your safety in this unique environment. Once your needs and objectives are established, you will be working with a therapist qualified to assist you in the therapeutic pool.
Therapy sessions will last between 15 and 45 minutes. The sessions could include stretching & strengthening exercises, water walking/running, proper breathing strategies and a variety of water activities & games.
What precautions do I need to take when participating in hydrotherapy?
- You must always be accompanied by a therapist while in the pool area.
- Before entering the pool, report to your therapist any change in medications or physical status (dizziness, shortness of breath, incontinence, palpitations, etc).
- Once in the pool, report immediately any changes in your physical or mental status (dizziness, palpitations, fear, increase of pain, shortness of breath, etc).
- Avoid a heavy meal before entering the pool, but also do not attempt pool exercises on an empty stomach.
- Ensure a good fluid intake (equivalent of one glass of water) prior to entering and following your visit to the pool to prevent dehydration due to exercise in warm temperatures.
- Cool down after vigorous activity before using the pool.
- Enter and exit slowly.
- Keep breakable objects away from all pool related areas.
What do I need to bring with me to participate in hydrotherapy?
- Swimsuit or swim trunks
- Hair tie or bathing cap if you have hair longer than shoulder length
- Strongly recommend non-slip aquatic slippers
- Your towel