Arthritis: Warm water supports the arthritic joints whilst pain
free movement works to build muscle bulk. Increased strength cannot only get animals
moving but also returns freedom and independence. The bony changes cannot be reversed
but Hydrotherapy relieves the swelling, pain and stiffness using the natural properties
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Pain free, gentle muscle strengthening
improves the range of motion that supports these damaged joints. The buoyancy of
the water protects joints and allows the animals to move freely with a natural gait.
In cases treated early, symptoms can be reversed. Strong muscles can support the
joints as bony changes become increasingly stiff and painful.
Surgical Cases: Rehabilitation speeds the recovery after orthopaedic
surgery. The physical properties of water massage away any swelling and oedemas,
which may occur after such surgery. Following a rest period after surgery or trauma,
gentle water exercise returns limbs to normal function.
Spinal Injuries or Paralysis: Delicate patients are cushioned by
the buoyancy of the water and can begin to move again without the strain of gravity.
Improved coordination and function in water can restore mobility on land.
Degenerative Myelopathy: Strengthens hind limbs by re-training
muscles, which due to the nature of this condition are under increasingly less neurological
control. When immersed in water, limbs can safely return to a more normal function
so that vital muscle structures do not weaken and waste. With Hydrotherapy, these
patients can remain mobile for longer and benefit from improved quality of life.
Obesity: Low impact exercise protects vulnerable joints under increased
stress. With Hydrotherapy even overweight animals can exercise safely as part of
a weight-reduction programme. General fitness can be increased and cardio-vascular
function is improved.