How can swimming help my dog?

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise using nearly every muscle in the anatomy.

 

Hydrotherapy...

Relieves pain, swelling & stiffness

Improves circulation

Increases range of movement

Improves muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness

Improves mental well-being

 

Hydrotherpay is beneficial for:

General Fitness

Weight Loss

Post Operative recovery

Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia 

Cruciate Ligament rupture

Arthritis/Stiffness

Lameness

Neurological conditions

 

 Your dog does not need to suffer from a condition to benefit from swimming.

 Swimming is a brilliant form of fun and exercise and a fantastic way to maintain general fitness levels.

 We welcome any dog regardless of size, breed and age and hope both dog and owner enjoy their hydrotherapy session in a relaxed and friendly environment.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy can be used in ther treatment of osteoarthritis, orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions, muscle, ligament and other soft tissue injuries.  It can also help with general convalescence and fitness.

 

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 bearing conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tissue-repair, without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues.

 

Swimming helps to improve general fitness, cardiovascular stamina, muscle tone and is also helpful in aiding recovery 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 swim dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near to the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of blood making the muscles less efficient.

 

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

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