Water Therapy Center
Created September 26, 2011 by Jocelyne Parent Lewis
To create a hydrotherapy center for people with physical and developmental disabilities in Ottawa. The center would have a hydrotherapy pool, accessible washroom and change room. It would be located between 2 existing day programs.
**What is hydrotherapy**
Hydrotherapy is a program using the properties of water, such as temperature and pressure for therapeutic purposes to both improve mobility and pain relief. The hydrotherapy pools are comforting and safe. The warm water pools are used by trained physiotherapists for treating individuals who may have physical challenges and/or special needs. The size of the pool will be 6.5 meters by 4.5 meters which allows up to five users to float horizontally at teh same time. The depth of the pool ranges from .09 to 1.4 meters deep. The pool is accessible by ramp, stairs and a ceiling lift.
The Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) supports people with developmental disabilities through a holistic approach including:
-Individualized service planning
- Providing a continuum of innovative community participation and residential options
- Recruiting and developing an educated and experienced workforce
- Advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and support networks
- Linking with the community, developmental and funding sectors.
**Benefits of hydrotherapy**
Many individuals living with a disability frequently experience pain all the time, often a first session in a hydrotherapy pool can be their first time without pain. Free from calipers, pain and gravity, users manage to move in ways that they cannot on land. This physical environment also satisfies and calms their sensory needs. Individuals difficulties often mean they are unable to take part in sports or many other social and physical activities. This leads to social isolation. Our aim is to open up the world of water, and use it to help them achieve their true potential.
**Psychological well being and physical benefits**
Hydrotherapy involves element of recreation. To get out of the wheelchair and change one's body position; to cast aside the callipers, aids, and, find freedom of movement and independence brings about physical and psychological well-being which cannot be ahieved elsewhere with other treatments. The social and psychological impact is considerable. The therapeutic effects of exercise in water relato to: the relief of pain and muscle spasm, maintenance or increase of motion of joints, strengtening of weak muscles, improvement of circulation, balance and posture, independnet standing in water to walking in the water.
**Hydrotherapy is not a luxury. The ability to exercise without weight bearing is essential in maintaining the best quality of live for the longest time possible.**