Getting in the Water — Hydrotherapy

Getting in the Water — Hydrotherapy

Okay — clicking the little link above lets you see Rocket and the underwater treadmill in action — no laughing at the white legs!

Water has a lot of properties that make it a great environment to exercise. These properties include such things as: 1) relative density (no, not how fat your mother-in-law is), 2) buoyancy, 3) hydrostatic pressure, 4) viscosity and resistance, and 5) surface tension.

Relative density means that something lean will sink faster than something with a little fat.

Buoyancy reduces the amount of weight the pet carries and decreases the load on the joints. This makes exercise more comfortable especially if your pet has painful joints.

Hydrostatic pressure is fluid pressure that helps decrease swelling and edema. The deeper a body is immersed in the water, the greater the pressure exerted on the body.

Viscosity and resistance describe how water likes to stick to itself (cohesiveness) and the amount of force that must be exerted to move the body through the water.  This helps with strengthening and cardiovascular training. Viscosity helps stabilize your pet allowing him to stand in water when he can’t stand on land.

Surface tension describes how water at the surface has a greater tendency to adhere to itself. This property makes it harder to move at the surface of water than below it. It becomes a factor when the foot breaks the surface of the water.

Hydrotherapy has a lot of uses such as:

  1. rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery — i.e. fractures, OCD, cruciate surgery, hip replacement
  2. rehabilitation after neurologic injury — i.e. disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy)
  3. muscle strengthening and improved joint function — i.e. arthritis, spondylosis, hip dysplasia
  4. conditioning — i.e. increasing endurance, speed, strength, range of motion and cardiovascular fitness

There are some contraindications to hydrotherapy such as heart and lung disease, infections, open or draining wounds, and infectious skin diseases.

Benefits of hydrotherapy include:

  • Comfortable Movement
  • Decreases Edema and Swelling
  • Great for Muscle Strengthening
  • Increases Cardiovascular Stamina
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Weight Loss

Our Oasis H2O underwater treadmill is large enough for your pet and has four jets for added resistance. Come by and see how the underwater treadmill could be beneficial to your pet.

Ursa says -- don't forget Valentines Day. Keep chocolate away from your pet!

Ursa says — don’t forget Valentines Day. Keep chocolate away from your pet!

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