What is Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy has been used since the 5th century B.C. it was believed to originate from a greek physician Hippocrates, it has not always been known as hydrotherapy, it was originally referred to as “The Water Cure” or the father of medicine. The term hydrotherapy is derived from prefix “hydro” meaning water, and refers to the therapeutic use of water.

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for your dog, the water allows an intensive form of exercise without any pressure on the joints and uses nearly all the muscles in the dogs body, it is a non-weight bearing/low impact form of exercise utilising the resistance of water.

Following Injury/surgery a full range of limb motion may not be possible on the ground , treatment in the hydrotherapy pool reduces the stress on the dogs joints/injury location, encouraging a better range of motion which then encourages muscle tone and tissue repair.

The hydrotherapy pool is kept at a constant 28-30 degrees, the warm water and the hydrostatic pressure of the water helps to promote blood circulation around the body, this helps to promote healing and can have a pain-relieving effect.

Conditions

A number of conditions in dogs may be aggravated by or may show slow/no improvement as a result of weight bearing exercise. However swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for your dog, the water allows an intensive form of exercise without any pressure on the joints and uses nearly all the muscles in the dogs body, it is a non-weight bearing/low impact form of exercise utilising the resistance of water.

Here is a list of conditions that benefit your dog from hydrotherapy:

  • Pre/Post op conditions
  • Osteoarthritis (Inflammation of the bone and joint)
  • Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
  • Spinal conditions
  • Patella Luxation/Sub-Luxation
  • Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Mental well being
  • CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopthy)
  • OCD (Osteochronditis Dissecen)
  • DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) progressive disease of the spinal cord
  • Muscle Contracture
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Muscle strengthening and maintenance restoration

Fun & Fitness

Hydrotherapy is not just for rehabilitation, it can also be used for fun and fitness too.

From your loved family pet, to show dogs, agility, competition, Police and service dogs.

We also run conditioning sessions for those that would like there dogs to be extra fit.

This could also be the perfect time to introduce your puppy to swimming in a safe environment with our qualified hydrotherapist.  Get them ready for walks on the beach or along the river.