Hydrotherapy

Consists of  sessions in the underwater treadmill or swimming pool.  The warmth, buoyancy and resistance of the water allow the patient to perform low impact exercise, and improves pain from musculoskeletal injuries as well as cardiovascular fitness.

How would hydrotherapy benefit my dog?

Warm water hydrotherapy has been shown to have many therapeutic effects:

  • Warms tissues and increases circulation to limbs

  • Increases joint flexibility, increasing range of motion of joints

  • Allows patient to exercise without the pain caused by weight -bearing (excellent for arthritis)

  • The fluid pressure of the water (hydrostatic pressure) helps reduce swelling and edema of limbs as well as decrease pain during exercise

  • Provides increased resistance that strengthens muscle, increases endurance and cardiovascular fitness

  •  Prevents injury by increasing whole body strength, including core muscles

  •  Improves psychological well-being

  •  Increases metabolic requirements, assisting weight loss

Conditions benefitting from hydrotherapy

  •      Rehabilitation of post- operative fracture or ligament repair

  •      Treatment of neurologic conditions

  •      Conservative treatment of injuries, like CCL stabilization and tendinitis

  •      Many musculoskeletal issues where there is a lack of strength, range of motion, proprioceptive ability or reluctance to bear weight on a limb

  •       Overweight dogs -as they can perform vigorous activity  which they cannot perform on land- allowing increase in metabolic tissue (muscle- building) as well as burning calories

  •       Geriatric dogs that are weak,  have lost muscle mass and/or have arthritis

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