As is the case with humans, water therapy is incredibly beneficial for pet rehabilitation. Our indoor pool and underwater treadmills provide us with the perfect environment to exercise patients. Due to water resistance, a 15- to 20-minute session is comparable to a fast run outdoors, but without the negative impact on the joints. Pets use a variety of muscle groups in the water, therefore giving them a more well-rounded, complete workout that they would receive from a run outdoors. Additionally, swimming helps to relax tight muscles and release endorphins. Endorphins are a natural pain killer and they stimulate the release of serotonin. Put simply, swimming tends to make pets happy.
Water therapy is ideal for pets recovering from surgery, older pets with arthritis or mobility issues, and dogs with most types of paralysis. However, the benefits of full body conditioning through swimming make it a valid therapy for any pet.
CONTROLLED SWIM THERAPY
Swimming is a zero-impact exercise that eliminates the forces of gravity on the bones and joints. While patients engage in controlled swimming with our therapists, the warm, 90-degree temperature 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 the 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 results. 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, pets 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 the strengthening and conditioning. The treadmill offers similar benefits to swimming but is particularly useful 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 a healthy pet looking for fitness and conditioning.