Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Underwater Treadmill

Underwater treadmill exercise is the best physiotherapy for dogs going.

Hydrotherapy effectively reduces pain and inflammation, and it promotes muscle strength, range of motion and joint mobility.

Hydrotherapy offers minimal impact exercise that is invaluable for rehabilitation after surgery and injuries. The buoyancy of the water minimizes stress on the joints and promotes much greater range of motion that could be achieved on dry land.

Underwater treadmill exercise is a great supportive treatment for
  • treatment of chronic conditions, such as arthritis
  • hip and elbow dysplasia
  • post-operative rehabilitation after fractures, ACL injuries, muscle or tendon injuries
  • and more
Jasmine was getting hydrotherapy to deal with her muscle injury. We were able to get it healed without any drugs, with the underwater treadmill exercises and cold laser treatments alone. It also helped her to build up her muscle mass and stamina after her many health disasters.

She is still going for maintenance treatment once a month. She finds the exercise boring, but loves the jets.

Talk to you veterinarian about hydrotherapy.

Jana

http://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/pages_info/benefits_hydrotherapy.html
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2 comments

  1. Good information about this. I have been thinking of building an underwater treadmill for my dogs as a tool for helping condition them while reducing stress on their joints, and keeping them cool in the summer when our traditional forms of exercise may risk overheating.

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  2. Hi K. That is an awesome idea. There is no downside to underwater treadmill exercise, only benefits.

    For therapeutic purposes the water should be actually warm, but even exercise in cool water would be beneficial.

    It does provide workout like nothing else.

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