What is Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy can be used in the treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic conditions, muscle, ligament and many other types of soft tissue injury. It can also help with general convalescence.

Extensive work in human physiotherapy has demonstrated that a suitably monitored course of hydrotherapy acts by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight condiotions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tissue repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues.

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Hydrotherapy helps to improve general fitness and cardiovascular stamina, improves muslce tone and is helpful in recovering from injury or surgery and improves fitness, especially in the management of obesity. Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. It is better to treat dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of blood making the muscles less efficient.

It is also considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory through its ability to reduce tissue swelling.

The dog can swim in a variety of controlled ways: in still water or with more resistance introduced through controllable powerful water jets.

The health and safety of all dogs is paramount, owners must seek their vets approval for their dog to undergo hydrotherapy treatment. A referral form is required to be signed by your vet. Referring vets are given regular feedback on the dogs progress. Please read our terms & conditions.

Owners are welcome to get involved & they will enjoy watching their dogs swim in a pleasant & warm environment. Most dogs will enter the pool via an external ramp. Where necessary, the dog can be lifted into the pool. All dogs wear bouyancy aids for safety & swim alone with one of our handlers.

Dogs are showered and dried following the hydrotherapy session.