Like in the human experience, water therapy is incredibly beneficial in the rehabilitation process. The combination of our indoor pool and the under water treadmills provides us with the perfect set up to provide zero impact and low impact rehabilitation exercise for our patients. Due to the increased resistance of the water, a typical 15 to 20 minutes session, is somewhat similar to a fast run without the negative impact in the joints. Additionally, while in the water, pets utilize multiple muscle groups that may not be involve in a normal run, therefore becoming a more complete effort. All this buoyant activity acts as a full body massage, relaxing the tight muscles and releasing a very powerful chemical called endorphines. These endorphines are a natural painkiller that has the added benefit of stimulating the release of serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for the feel good effect of the exercise.
This rehabilitation modality is ideal for pets recovering from surgery, older pets with arthritis or mobility issues and dog with most types of paralysis, however, the benefits of full body conditioning will make it a valid therapy for any pet.
Swimming is zero impact exercise that eliminates the forces of gravity on the bones and joints. While patients are engaging in controlled swimming with our therapists, the warm temperature of the water at 90 degrees serves to relax patients’ muscles loosen their joints. The resistance of the water allows for muscle building and strengthening in a controlled, dynamic manner. The combination of the warm water with the internal warmth generated by exercise results in the release of endorphins and serotonin, powerful pain modulating and “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, creating both a therapeutic and calming result. Swimming is a great form of exercise for every pet regardless of their age and health status. As a rehabilitation modality, it is particularly beneficial for pets with arthritis, for those who are recovering from orthopedic surgery, pet’s with neurologic disorders, geriatric pets, and overweight pets. However. swimming is also great for young healthy dogs who enjoy a fun way for exercise and conditioning.
This is a “low-impact” exercise that is very useful for both exercise and rehabilitation. Similar to swimming, the buoyancy of the water decreases the force of gravity, creating less impact on the bones and joints, while the resistance aids in strengthening and conditioning. The treadmill offers similar benefits to swimming but is particularly useful in helping animals relearn to walk and bear weight. This is a very useful tool in helping patients in their recovery from orthopedic surgery, neurologic conditions, and in degenerative processes like arthritis. As is the case with swimming, the underwater treadmill is also very beneficial for the normal healthy pet looking for fitness and conditioning.
We will be honored with the opportunity to help your pet with any rehabilitation or conditioning needs. Kindly call us at 646.214.8186 to learn more.