What is Aqua Therapy?

Aqua therapy is like getting physiotherapy treatments in the water. It is ideal for rehabilitation from injuries, surgery, chronic pain, or other health conditions that might limit your ability to exercise.

It offers a range of benefits that promote healing and help reduce recovery times. For instance, the water cushions impacts and helps prevent damage to injured areas, so aqua therapy can be started sooner than other forms of exercise.

What makes it different from aquatic exercise is that you get expert guidance from a physiotherapist. They’ll create a custom exercise plan to suit your needs, limitations, and goals, and then guide your rehabilitation every step of the way.

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Whether you are recovering from an injury or have a health condition that makes exercise difficult, aqua therapy can help. Even if you’re unable to walk or stand on dry land, you can exercise in water. It is an effective way to achieve goals including:

Here are some of the conditions it can help with:

  • Shorten recovery time
  • Improve balance
  • Increase strength
  • Increase endurance
  • Improve range of motion
  • Improve mobility
  • Relieve stress


Getting physiotherapy in an aquatic environment offers a range of benefits thanks to the properties of water, including buoyancy, viscosity, and pressure.

  • The buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity on the body, which lessens impacts and relieves stress on weight-bearing joints during exercise.
  • The viscosity provides resistance, which enables strength training without the need for weights.
  • The hydrostatic pressure helps reduce swelling and improve joint position.
  • The warm water relaxes muscles, increases flexibility, and improves circulation to injured areas.

Aqua therapy involves performing exercises in the water under the guidance of an aqua therapy certified physiotherapist. To create your custom treatment plan, the physiotherapist will speak with you about your symptoms, medical history, limitations, and goals for your treatment.

The amount of time it takes to see results is different for every case, especially since aqua therapy is used to treat such a broad range of conditions. Some things that affect the length of treatment include the type and severity of the injury or condition and the health and age of the patient. However, since aqua therapy is recognized for providing faster recovery times than other forms of therapy, many patients see improvements after just a few sessions.

Cost and Coverage

Like the majority of our services, our aqua therapy treatments are covered by extended health care plans. So whether you’re covered through work or your car insurance, our treatments are often available at little to no cost to you. Not sure if you’re covered? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. You can Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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Activa is the ideal choice for your treatment due to our large team of professionals. We provide a wide range of services, and our doctors and specialists will work together to provide a comprehensive custom treatment plan for you. 

Our physiotherapists are certified in aqua therapy and have a thorough understanding of how to use exercises in the water to help you achieve better health.

Our Team Includes:

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If you’re ready to take the plunge and see the benefits of aqua therapy, give us a call today. We have seven health clinic locations in and around the GTA serving communities including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, or Kitchener.


  • 1. Who should use water exercise therapy?

    People with high blood pressure, disabilities, or painful movement disorders, should use water exercise therapy. The warm water is relaxing and soothing, especially for aching joints and muscles. Being in water also gently forces the respiratory muscles to work a little harder. So, it is a really good way to improve cardiovascular capacity. The water is also supportive making it easier for the therapist to gently take their patient through the necessary exercises.

  • 2. How often should you do water aerobics?

    For most people, doing water aerobics up to three times a week is about right. It is a relatively gentle, yet effective, form of exercise. Virtually anyone can do it. But if you have health issues it is best to consult a doctor before doing so. They may recommend that you start with water therapy instead, which will enable you to build up your strength and improve your cardiovascular capacity so you can progress to other forms of exercise.

  • 3. What do you wear to aquatic therapy?

    A comfortable swimsuit is ideal to wear to aquatic therapy. But, if you prefer, you can wear comfortable, lightweight clothing instead. Whatever you wear must not get too heavy when wet. It also needs to offer you a good level of freedom of movement. Some therapists may also ask you to wear swimming shoes. You may also need to, wear a swimming cap.