Hydrotherapy has many benefits and is very beneficial in the treatment of many complaints. The use of water enables the patient to exercise in a semi-weight bearing environment, this taking the majority of weight off stiff and painful joints. It enables the joints to move in a normal fashion, loosens tightness in the muscles and reduces pain.
For dogs following surgery, Hydrotherapy removes the weight load on the injured limb and will enable gradual building of wasted muscle. It reduces pain and speeds recovery.
Hydrotherapy is useful for dogs scheduled to have orthopaedic surgery, such as cruciate repair. It helps to improve muscle tone in the limbs, which will speed post-operative recovery.
Ageing dogs can benefit from controlled hydrotherapy exercise, as the soothing effect of the warm water improves circulation and encourages increased mobility in sore, stiff and arthritic joints. Hydrotherapy is also a great exercise for healthy dogs to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone and general well being.
Conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy
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Adds resistance to specific muscle groups Improves balance of unsteady patients Allows patients greater reaction time Increases confidence
Increases metabolic rate and calorific burn, reduces heart rate and arterial pressure, reduces peripheral oedema, assists patient circulation
Reduces the load on painful joints Improves core stability Improves flexibility
Relaxes muscles and aids comfort, increases circulation, relieves pain
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