What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is assisted swimming by certified physiotherapist for healing and the general conditioning of pets. Ultimately this activity initiates the work of all muscle together with cardiac circulation at a same time in a temperature controlled hydropool.
The pet life vests provides the buoyancy and safety for this activity, reducing body weight and the weight bearing forces in lameness. Hydrotherapy rehabilitates muscle , tendon, ligament, spinal and orthopaedic injuries.
Hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can significantly rehabilitate lameness and mobility disorders. This is also a safe regular activity for healthy dogs.
This therapy allows the muscles, tendons and ligaments of a limb to move in a more balanced and fluid way. These results in various therapeutic effects, includes;
- Pain Relief,
- Muscle Strengthening and Maintenance
- Cardiovascular Fitness (Heart & Lungs)
- Increase Joint Range of Motion
- Improves Proprioception
- Improves Tissue Healing
- Improves Weight Bearing
Hydrotherapy are well known for treatment of various conditions such as;
- Soft Tissue Injury Tendinitis Ligament Injury/Strains Muscle Sprains
- Obesity Weight loss together with Prescribed diet
- Developmental Condition Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Degenerative Condition Osteoarthritis Spondylosis
- Pre-Surgical &Post-Surgical
- Neurological Condition
How will Hydrotherapy Help
It may be used as pre-operative fitness regime to maintain pet’s condition, especially if normal exercise if difficult. As a alternative or complement to full weight-bearing exercise and medication, hydrotherapy may speed post-operative recovery or slows the progression of degenerative condition.
In some congenital or condition by birth, the pet’s health can be maintained by presence of hydrotherapy till the pet matures and ready to undergo surgery.
Hydrotherapy also considered effective in treating spinal injuries cases where this allows pet to continue exercise its muscle while nerve regeneration takes its healing process. Degenerative conditions can make normal weight bearing to be painful for pets¬, with the pressure on the joints aggravates the pain.
Hydrotherapy provides weightless movement at where the pet can freely exercise without adding pressure onto their joints.
Hydrotherapy can generally be used as part of fitness routine to improve overall fitness and lose weight without excessive stress over joint as their aging or growing from young age.
Contraindications with Hydrotherapy Facts to be noted where Hydrotherapy is not able to be carried out for pets;
- Active Skin Condition
- Cardiovascular Condition
- Cardiopulmonary Condition
- Open Wound
- Internal Infection