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The 3 best times to start doing hydrotherapy
May 25, 2018 | by Erin Bussin, Hydrotherapy Lead

From improving your power with minimal impact, to challenging postural stability, hydrotherapy can be an important tool in recovery, rehab and training. But when is it the most beneficial?

Here are three optimal times to start hydrotherapy and utilize its unique benefits.

1. Prior to surgery:

The stronger you are going into surgery, the stronger you are coming out.

While waiting for surgery, a lot of people tend to rest and reduce their physical activity. Losing muscle strength prior to surgery can be detrimental to the recovery process.

Studies have shown that people who go into surgery after a pre-operative rehabilitation program have better functional and performance outcomes following surgery then those who have not.1 The hydrotherapy pool is a safe place to run and maintain a high level of activity without the fear of worsening an injury prior to surgery.


2. Following surgery:

As soon as your surgery wounds heal, get into the hydrotherapy pool.

Water immersion has been used for recovery for centuries because of its natural healing characteristics. The hydrostatic pressure of the water causes a shift of body fluid from the lower limbs to the trunk which helps reduce pressure on our joints, increases circulation and decreases joint swelling.

Studies have shown that the earlier patients are able to start mobilization and strengthening after orthopedic surgery, the earlier patients are able to return to functional activity2. While the buoyancy of  water supports the body and allow patients to walk and exercise unassisted, the water resistance challenges patients by emphasizing muscle stabilizer imbalances and providing drag forces throughout strengthening movements.


3. Transitioning BACK TO SPORT & ACTIVITY:

There is always room for improvement, no matter how difficult it may seem.

Hydrotherapy can play an influential role as you transition off crutches, out of a boot, or back to running. Especially if joint weakness, mobility, pain, or confidence is deterring you from reaching your physical goals.

The hydrotherapy pool can be used to improve different aspects for recovery or performance, and is perfect for anyone who believes that they are limited by their body. The pool gives you the confidence you need to take your movement to the next level, whatever that level may be.



Visit our website to learn more or call us today at 604.292.2501 to ask how our underwater treadmill can help you recover from an injury, surgery, chronic pain, work within your performance goals or aid in recovery*.

*NOTE: Hydrotherapy requires a referral from your doctor, physiotherapist or Fortius health care provider.



  1. Mina, S.D., Clarke, H., Rivtro, P., Leung, Y.W., Matthew, A.G., Katz, J., Trachtenberg, J., Alibhai, S.M.H. “ Effect of total-body prehabiliation on postoperative outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis”. Physiotherapy 100 (2014): 196-207.
  2. Munin, M., Rudy, T., Glynn, L., Crossett, L., Rubash, H. “Early inpatient rehabilitation after elective hip and knee arthroplasty”.JAMA 279 (1998)”: 847-852.