Hydrotherapy is a great non-weight bearing exercise that equally works all muscles throughout the body.
The warmth of the water is very important in any healing process. It provides pain relief and will improve blood circulation. This will help to relax the muscles and relieve any form of stiffness within the joints.
Swimming in warm water will help to improve general fitness, cardiovascular stamina, muscle tone and will also help with the recovery from injury or surgery. Hydrotherapy is especially helpful in the management of overweight dogs.
Swimming will help increase muscle building, improve range of movement and joint stability, whilst also improving cardiovascular fitness and mental wellbeing of your dog.
Hydrotherapy is beneficial post orthopaedic surgery. The buoyancy properties of water reduces the pressure on the limbs, so exercise can begin much earlier than on land. Though it is not just for dealing with muscle injury, it can also be very effective for neurological conditions especially when used alongside physiotherapy.
Hydrotherapy has specific effects on body tissues
Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness
Muscle strengthening and maintenance
Alleviating muscle spasm
Increased range of motion in joints
Cardiovascular fitness (heart & lungs)
Increased tissue healing
Increased speed of recovery
The heart has to work harder in order to meet the increased demand for nutrients by all the muscles which are being worked, If this all sounds like hard work – it really can be!
For most dogs a short swim is extremely challenging as a workout. But the natural buoyancy of the water and the fact that all the sudden twists, turns, jumping, stops and falls that would happen on land, are impossible in water. This makes hydrotherapy a safe and effective form of exercise.. It’s also really enjoyable for most dogs.
Range of Movement
A decreased range of motion can often be due to pain , swelling and stiffness. The dog will have an increased range of movement (flexion and extension) when it is in the water due to reduced pain and swelling, this will allow the range of movement to further improve.
Warm water increases the circulation of blood to the muscles, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients and flushing away waste products, leading to muscle relaxation and a reduction in pain and stiffness. Improved circulation reduces swelling around an injured area and enhances healing.
The advantage of swimming is the buoyancy of the water. The upward thrust of water against the body of the dog reduces the effects of gravity and this will provide partial or non-weight bearing exercise. Allowing the dog’s limbs to move without having to carry the full weight of the body, the dog is then able to complete an exercise programme without putting the kind of stress on joints that land based exercise would.
First Consultation – £35
Consult swim – £30
Puppy/Fun Swim – £25
Block of 10 swims – £250
*All sessions must first have a Vet referral before i can book you in*
Your dog will be rinsed off before going into the pool, have their muscles measured and heart rate taken. Then we shall fit your dog with a high quality Buouancy Aid or Harness. We will then have the session in the pool which can vary in length depending on how fit your dog is. Then a nice wash and dry afterwards and sent home to rest for the day