Hydrotherapy - hydro meaning water - refers to any therapeutic use of water to aid or improve health. For humans, hydrotherapy includes exercises like swimming and water aerobics and more sedentary activities like saunas, whirlpool baths, and mineral baths. Exercising in water provides buoyancy and resistance, creating the environment to strengthen muscles and build endurance while reducing stress on joints. Bathing in hot water can also dilate blood vessels and relax joints and muscles, helping to ease pain and heal injuries.
The same benefits of hydrotherapy for people apply to dogs, which is where we come in. Underwater treadmills are perfect for dogs with mobility issues and in need of ample exercise. It’s also beneficial for circulation, joint flexibility, and easing joint pain.
For non-injured dogs, the water resistance on an underwater treadmill improves agility, range of motion, endurance, and strength while reducing the risk of injury. Furthermore, the healing properties of water and hydrotherapy can aid in the rehabilitation from soft tissue injuries, postoperative fracture care, neurological impairments, osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, geriatric care, weight issues, and postoperative amputation.