The term ‘hydrotherapy’ is derived from the Greek words ‘hydro’ and ‘therapeia’, meaning ‘water’ and ‘healing’, and it refers to the use of water for therapeutic purposes.

There are a few key features which make exercise in the water different from exercise on land, and we can use these features to our advantage in hydrotherapy. Firstly, the buoyancy of water provides a relative weightlessness and joint unloading. This is especially great for any type of joint disease such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, or for injuries in weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, ankles and spine. The viscosity of water is another unique feature which allows for added resistance to movement in any direction, with faster movements being met by increased resistance. This makes water a great medium for strength-building exercises. A third feature of water is hydrostatic pressure, which is the pressure exerted by a fluid due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure allows for immersion in water to assist in promoting circulation and alleviating peripheral edema.

The features outlined above make water an optimal enviroment for rehabilitative and therapeutic exercise. Water can be used to reduce weight-bearing stress on joints, and provide added resistance as well as proprioceptive input to help improve strength and balance.

Individuals with a wide variety of injuries and health conditions can benefit from hydrotherapy. Below is a list of many different conditions and injuries which may benfit from hydrotherapy:

• Osteoarthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Overweight/Obese Individuals
• Fibromyalgia
• Low back pain
• Joint injury or ligamentous instability
• Post-operative (ie: post joint replacement or ACL repair)
• Pregnancy
• Exercise-induced asthma
• Neurological conditions

At Trent Health in Motion, we are fortunate to have access to a state of the art Swimex pool, which allows us to provide an enhanced environment for therapeutic exercise. The water is kept at a warmer temperature to allow for added relaxation, and this pool has specialized features such as a laminar flow current for added resistance. We have trained professionals designing and instructing water-based exercise programs for a wide variety of health conditions and injuries. If you are interested in finding out more about our hydrotherapy services or in booking an appointment, feel free to give us a call at 705-741-4758. We look forward to hearing from you soon!