CAMBRIDGE HYDROTHERAPY CENTRE

enhancing your pets health and fitness

  • hydrotherapy for dogs
  • hydrotherapy for dogs
  • hydrotherapy for dogs
  • hydrotherapy for dogs
  • hydrotherapy for dogs

The Benefits

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.

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
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular fitness (heart & lungs)
  • Increased tissue healing
  • Increased speed of recovery

Safe Exercise without stresses

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because most of the muscles normally used in movement are involved - without the stresses caused by motion on hard ground. On land, each footfall creates a shock wave which travels up the limb and is absorbed by bones, tendons and joints. While these stresses are necessary to maintain healthy strong bone, if severe or repetitive, these shock waves can actually damage or weaken the limb, particularly an arthritic joint or one recovering from an injury or surgery. Swimming allows the "working out" and strengthening of the muscles while avoiding this potentially damaging concussion. Also, because of the increased resistance to movement, the muscles have to work harder than they would do on land.’

Increased Range of movement

A decreased range of motion can often be due to pain , swelling, or stiffness. The dog will have an increased range of movement when it is in the water due to reduced pain and swelling thereby allowing further movement range.

Increased Circulation of Blood to the Muscles

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 from injury.

Buoyancy

Buoyancy also reduces the load on weight bearing joints, this helps to reduce pain and allows easier movement and exercise. The buoyancy of water helps stiff joints into a further range of movement with minimal additional pain.

Muscle strengthening

Swimming tones most of the major muscle groups and improves the general overall fitness of the dog. Water based exercise uses 30% more oxygen than similar land based exercise. By encouraging pain free limb movement against the resistance of water, muscle bulk will improve and muscle wastage will be reversed

Lungs & Heart

Under water, the chest is under pressure from the force exerted by the water squeezing inwards. This means that every breath requires more effort - the muscles used, particularly in breathing in, have to work harder (try breathing while someone sits on your chest). As any muscle strengthens with exercise, this improves the whole respiratory system. The heart has to work harder in order to meet the increased demand for nutrients by all the muscles which are being worked. For most dogs a short swim is an extremely challenging workout.