Hydrotherapy can be greatly beneficial for a number of conditions, for fitness and for weight loss. Hydrotherapy acts by reducing the amount of weight a patient has going through their joints – this is caused by the buoyancy of the water. By doing so this encourages a full range of joint motion which therefore improves muscle tone, promotes tissue repair and improves gait pattern. Hydrotherapy also improves cardiovascular fitness, range of movement, can reduce inflammation and swelling and improve mental stimulation.
A suitable course of hydrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing post-surgery. When used as part of a rehabilitation plan, hydrotherapy can also greatly improve the chances of a returning to full fitness.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy:
- Strengthening muscles
- Increased joint motion
- Increased tissue healing
- Improved circulation
- Gait improvement
- Improvements on proprioception.
- Mental stimulation
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
Conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy:
Developmental Conditions such as:
– Hip Dysplasia
– Elbow Dysplasia
– Patella Luxation
Pre and Post-surgical treatment:
– Total Hip Replacement (THR)
– Femoral Head and Neck Excision (FHNE)
– Luxating Patella
– Ruptures of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament.
Surgical correction such as these can hugely benefit from pre-surgery hydrotherapy. A course of pre-surgery hydrotherapy can reduce the amount of muscle lost due to immobilisation during rest, improves their cardiovascular fitness to also help with the recovery period and also means your pet is used to us and the treatment before any surgery has happened. This makes the experience much more relaxing and enjoyable for the patient.
Neurological Conditions such as:
– Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
– Intervertebral Disc Protrusion/Degenerative Disc Disease (IVDD)
– Fibro-Cartilaginous Embolism (FCE)
– Spinal Injury/Trauma/Shock
Soft tissue injuries and obesity also benefit from hydrotherapy as well as many more conditions than what are mentioned here. These conditions are our most commonly treat cases – however if you think your pet may benefit from hydrotherapy please don’t hesitate to contact us.
At Moorview Referrals we use an underwater treadmill for our hydrotherapy treatments. This offers a low impact, controlled form of exercise. Our hydrotherapist is fully qualified with a Level 3 certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy. Our team is extremely passionate about small animal rehabilitation and are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about hydrotherapy.
We understand that hydrotherapy is new and strange for a lot of animals, therefore every care is taken to ensure your pet has a stress free and enjoyable experience.
At Moorview Referrals we are proud to be members of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA). This means that our hydrotherapist holds a Nationally Accredited Qualification in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and our suite has also been inspected by a CHA representative to ensure we meet their high-quality standards.
If you wish to learn more about what our CHA membership means please visit: http://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/home.html