Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy uses the benefits of the water - buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure, to support a dog to move there joints. Water makes the body buoyant, so when submerged, the weight of the body is supported. This means the dog is not fighting gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on the joints and this creates a much safer and supported environment for recovery after surgery.
Hydrotherapy is also beneficial for dogs who are recovering from an injury, dogs who suffer from degenerative joint disease, and those who have been paralyzed. Water therapy can also help dogs suffering from fractures, hip dysplasia, the amputation of a limb, and neurological disorders. Hydrotherapy may be especially beneficial for dogs who suffer from arthritis due to old age; the warm water helps reduce joint swelling, another benefit.
Simultaneously, water therapy stimulates, strengthens and relaxes the body. Water therapy may also improve balance, coordination, and increase overall energy levels, all while reducing pain and stress.
Other benefits include:
Water increases circulation, ideal for skin and coat.
Water can increase lymph drainage, rid the body of toxins, and improve the immune system.
Water can encourage better digestion and can promote balance and coordination.
Hydrotherapy can also help dogs who need to shed a few pounds. A great form of low-impact exercise, regular walks on the underwater treadmill or swimming in a pool can help promote weight loss and general fitness in dogs.