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What is Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can be used in the treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic conditions, muscle, ligament and many other types of soft tissue injury. It can also help with general convalescence.

Extensive work in human physiotherapy has demonstrated that a suitably monitored course of hydrotherapy acts by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tissue repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues.

Swimming helps to improve general fitness and cardiovascular stamina, improves muscle tone and is helpful in recovering from injury or surgery and improves fitness, especially in the management of obesity. Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. It is better to swim dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of blood making the muscles less efficient.

It is also considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory through its ability to reduce tissue swelling.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing following surgery or traumatic injury. After surgery the careful use of hydrotherapy can help with rehabilitation and increase the chance of a successful return to full fitness. Enhancing general health and fitness can aid convalescence and speed up recovery.

  • Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness
  • Muscle Strengthening & maintenance
  • Alleviating muscle spasm
  • Increased range of motion in joints
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased tissue healing
  • Increased speed of recovery
  • Safe exercise without stress
  • Increased range of movement
  • Increased circulation of blood to muscles
  • Muscle strengthening
  • It’s fun for both dog and owner

Conditions that Benefit from Hydrotherapy

  • Pre and post operative conditioning

  • Arthritis – reduced pain and increased  mobility

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia – especially useful for young dogs who are restricted to lead exercise

  • CDRM – chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy

  • Spinal injuries

  • Recovering from injuries – including fracture, soft tissue and neurological damage

  • Cruciate ligament injuries and post operative recovery

  • Muscle strengthening maintenance and restoration

  • Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms

  • Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs)

  • Obesity (weight loss in conjunction with diet)

  • Mental well being

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