What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy, also known as aqua therapy and hydrotherapy, is a type of active rehabilitation treatment performed in a swimming pool for relaxation, fitness, physical therapy and other therapeutic benefits. Aquatic therapy takes advantage of waters buoyancy and resistance. When you are submerged in water, its buoyancy supports your weight and its resistance helps you exercise without the load and force of a land-based rehabilitation treatments and exercises. Many our clients benefit from aquatic therapy, such as injured athletes, seniors with arthritis, individuals recovering from strokes, pre/post major surgery and those who have mobility issues. Water buoyancy can eliminate 30-99% of a person’s body weight, which provides an excellent way to reduce the pressure on the joints to help with rehabilitation.

How can aquatic therapy help me?

Aquatic therapy offered at Mountainview Health & Wellness provides a unique and effective approach to addressing a variety of physical issues, ailments, and injuries. This specialized form of therapy has been utilized to alleviate conditions such as low back pain, joint discomfort resulting from sports or repetitive daily activities, as well as neurological and orthopedic injuries. Additionally, aquatic therapy is beneficial in aiding post-surgical rehabilitation and managing musculoskeletal issues. By leveraging the buoyancy and resistance properties of water, individuals can engage in exercises that promote strength, flexibility, and pain relief in a low-impact environment. Under the guidance of qualified therapists, aquatic therapy offers a holistic and therapeutic experience aimed at enhancing overall well-being and function.

What to expect from our aquatic therapy services?

At Mountainview Health & Wellness, our aquatic therapy sessions offer a unique and immersive experience where treatments and exercises are conducted while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water. These sessions encompass a range of therapeutic activities, including targeted range of motion, strength-building, and stretching exercises, all performed within the gentle resistance and support of water. Our aquatic therapy services are available at both our New Westminster and Surrey locations, utilizing local recreational centers and pools to facilitate treatments. With a focus on harnessing the benefits of water-based rehabilitation, we provide comprehensive care and support to help individuals achieve their recovery goals.

Aquatic therapy Benefits can include:

  • Reduced impact on joints and bones, making it ideal for individuals with arthritis or joint pain.
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance through resistance training in water.
  • Enhanced flexibility and range of motion due to reduced gravitational forces.
  • Alleviation of pain and discomfort associated with various musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Promotion of cardiovascular health and circulation through aquatic exercise.
  • Facilitation of relaxation and stress reduction, promoting mental well-being.
  • Accelerated post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Improved balance and coordination, especially beneficial for individuals with neurological conditions.
  • Increased confidence and independence in daily activities.
  • Opportunity for enjoyable and engaging physical activity in a supportive and therapeutic environment.


Aquatic therapy offers a refreshing and effective approach to rehabilitation, providing buoyant support and gentle resistance to promote healing, strength, and overall well-being.