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Cardiovascular Impairments

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease or been told you are at risk of heart disease? Have you graduated from cardiac rehabilitation at the Heart Institute and are wondering what to do next? One of our physiotherapists can help!


All our therapists here at LiquidGym are Heart Wise certified which is a program run with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.


  1. Encourage regular aerobic exercise
  2. Encourages and incorporates warm up and cool down with self monitoring through all exercise sessions
  3. Allows participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity
  4. Includes participants with chronic health conditions – we may need approval from your physician
  5. Offers health screening
  6. Has a documented emergency plan that is known to all staff, including current CPR certification, phone access to local paramedic services, and the presence of a defibrillator(1)


Water immersion allows patients to perform movements they may be unable to perform on land. Exercises can be performed with greater ease and less pain due to the buoyancy created by the water.

The upward force of buoyancy counter balances the negative downward effects of gravity and greatly decreases the impact forces that your body is subjected to in traditional land therapy sessions.

When standing chest deep in water your body weight is reduced by 80%. Therefore, an individual weighing 200lbs on land only weighs 40lbs in the water and the ability to safely perform exercise therapy is greatly enhanced.

Therapy before and after surgery

Whether you are going in for cardiovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, cancer treatments or a simple day procedure, a prehab program may help with your recovery and post-surgical outcomes.

It is never too early to start Pre-op therapy (also known as Prehab)  but at least  4-6 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery is recommended.

Post-op therapy (also known as Rehab) when done through hydrotherapy can begin, generally speaking, once the incision has healed, which can be between 15 – 30 days depending on the surgery. Ask your doctor when he would like you to start your rehab.


  1. https://heartwise.ottawaheart.ca/

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  • Please ensure you have completed your online assessment form before arriving for your appointment.
  • Your first appointment is a land appointment. Shorts and t-shirt/tank top are appropriate.
  • Bring your physician’s referral, if you have one (though not required)
  • Provide any relevant medical history
  • Bring any relevant reports/test results (e.g. x-rays, ultrasound scan, MRI reports)
  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses that you have experienced
  • Surgeries or operations that you have had
  • Medications that you are currently taking
  • Your level of activity at work and leisure
  • Sleeping habits
  • Blood pressure, pulse and breathing
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle strength
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion
  • Coordination
  • Posture Analysis
  • X-Ray review
  • Movement Analysis

Do I need a physician’s referral?

Physiotherapists are primary health care practitioners and therefore offer direct access to physiotherapy services without the need for a physician’s referral. Some extended health insurance plans require a physician’s referral; however, please check your insurance plan if in doubt.

Can you bill directly to my insurance company?

Some extended health insurance companies currently accept direct billing from Physiotherapy clinics. Ask and we can let you know if your insurance company accepts direct billing from LiquidGym.

Does LiquidGym accept Motor Vehicle Accident claims?

No. As of September 1, 2021 we no longer submit nor bill for MVA claims. LiquidGym can, however, treat MVA injuries. You just need to pay our standard therapy rates at the time of your appointment.

Do you direct bill for Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and Canadian Forces?

Yes. If you have Blue Cross coverage through either Veterans Affairs, RCMP, or Canadian Forces, we can bill directly with Blue Cross. To proceed, we require your ID number and the contact information of your case manager, if applicable.

Many patients pay out-of-pocket for physiotherapy. At LiquidGym we respect your dollar by providing only one-on-one appointments with your physiotherapist. We do not double-book clients, nor do we provide your treatment through support personnel. In addition to your on-site treatment, if appropriate, the physiotherapist will provide a self-managed home care treatment program to facilitate your recovery

No, LiquidGym is not an OHIP designated clinic.

Due to a high number of last-minute cancellations and missed appointments, any physiotherapy appointments canceled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time will be subjected to a $50 cancellation fee per 30 minutes of missed appointment time.

When you cancel your appointment, please inform office staff why you are canceling. This information will be passed along to your therapist.

Appointment reminder emails will be sent out 24 hours in advance.

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