About Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

During hydrotherapy, there is no weight bearing on the joints and because of that it has a lot of benefits:

  • Relieves pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases range of movement
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves mental well-being and quality of life

Following surgery or injury, a full range of limb movement may not be possible on land. Treatment in water (hydrotherapy) reduces stress on a dog’s joints encouraging a full range of joint motion which in turn encourages improved muscle tone and promotes tissue repair. This, in conjunction with the warm water, helps to promote circulation and increases the rate of recovery. The warm water and the hydrostatic pressure of the water can also have an analgesic (pain relief) and anti-inflammatory effect. Hydrotherapy can also play a vital role in improving a dog’s mental well-being particularly following trauma, injury or surgery or when a dog is on restricted exercise. Being able to move freely in the water and have fun helps a dog’s positive mental attitude which in turn helps promote recovery. This can also help owners who can find it difficult when their dog is either convalescing or unable to exercise normally.

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Which conditions benefit from hydrotherapy?

  • Pre-and post-operative conditioning
  • Arthritis
  • Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
  • CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy)
  • OCD (Osteochondritis Dissection/Osteoarthritis of the shoulder)
  • Recovery from multiple injuries
  • Cruciate ligament injuries and postoperative recovery
  • Paralysis
  • Luxating/sub-luxating patellas
  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Stroke patients
  • Spinal injuries
  • Obesity
  • Etc.
In cases of healthy dogs
  • Fitness swimming
  • Diet swimming
  • Mental and general well-being
  • Skill development training and games