What is underwater treadmill therapy?
A form of hydrotherapy for dogs and cats, the underwater treadmill is a cornerstone in animal rehabilitation. This modality uses the resistance and buoyancy of water to limit weightbearing on an injured limb or joint. When your pet is submerged, their body weight is supported which reduces stress on the joints and promotes muscle relaxation and tendon stretch.
How does underwater treadmill therapy in pets help?
- Underwater treadmill therapy can improve your pet's range of motion, muscle tone, coordination and stamina.
- It also improves vital functionality such as strength, balance, and endurance which increases your pet's ability to weight bear on an injured limb.
- It aids in the recovery of soft tissue injuries, fractures and hip or elbow dysplasia.
- Underwater treadmill therapy in animals can improve arthritis symptoms, neurological deficits and geriatric issues.
- In overweight pets, this modality can promote weight loss, facilitate postoperative care and improve joint pain.
While underwater treadmill therapy has many benefits, it is not appropriate for every pet, particularly those in pain. During your pet's initial evaluation, your veterinary rehabilitation care team will decide if and when underwater treadmill therapy is appropriate for your pet.