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Pool Physio

Pool Physiotherapy in Ottawa is 100% active, meaning the client will be moving in the water throughout the session.  The goal of active movement is to regain full ROM of the injured joint. The buoyancy of the water allows movement without pain thus encouraging normal movement patterns. Most clients report that when they move in the water, they don’t have pain/spasm/pressure.

Do you have to be a strong swimmer to do Pool Physio?

Absolutely not. Even if you are a “non-swimmer”, you can get all of the benefits of Pool Physiotherapy. The Ottawa physiotherapist will be in the water with you throughout the session and will provide hands on support and flotation devices if needed.

What types of conditions benefit from Pool Physio?

All musculoskeletal injuries can be effectively treated in the water.
The most common injuries that are treated with Pool physiotherapy in Ottawa include: lumbar spine disc and soft tissue trauma, hip and knee osteoarthritis and/or hip and knee rehab following total joint replacement, foot and heel fracture/tendinitis, whiplash and soft tissue trauma of the cervical spine and thoracic spine. Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Cerebral Palsy are also effectively treated in the water and can help clients maintain their function or regain function following a set back.

How long do pool sessions last and how many sessions per week are recommended?

Pool sessions consist of 40 minutes of movement in the water with the physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will usually recommend 10-20 of independent stretching or cardiovascular conditioning at the end of the session depending upon your specific condition. 2-3 sessions per week are recommended to achieve full benefit of the treatments.

Will I have pain after Pool Physio sessions?

Although everyone responds differently to treatment, most clients do not report pain after sessions. In fact, most clients state that they feel great after the session and do not experience the same soreness as with more traditional exercise

What do I wear to Pool Sessions? Is there anything else I need to bring?

The only thing you need to bring to your session of pool physiotherapy in Ottawa is a bathing suit and a towel. Some other items that clients may find beneficial are water shoes or sandals to wear onto the pool deck and/or in the water.

Where are Pool Sessions?

Pool sessions take place at Movati Athletic Club. They have a Womans only saltwater pool as well as a Coed saltwater pool. A day pass or a membership is required to be able to take part in Pool Physiotherapy in Ottawa.