Underwater Treadmill Therapy
Underwater treadmills can help your pet regain lost mobility. Aquatic therapy is highly beneficial, as it uses the therapeutic properties of water to improve range of motion, strengthen muscles, and boost endurance, while reducing the risk of injury. Underwater treadmill therapy can help rehabilitate you pet after soft tissue injuries, postoperative fracture care, neurological impairments, osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, geriatric care, weight loss, and postoperative amputee.
BENEFITS OF UNDERWATER TREADMILL REHABILITATION
Pets can enjoy many advantages from underwater treadmills. The buoyant properties of water minimize the weight that is bearing on the bones and joints of the dog or cat. Water levels can be raised or lowered according to how much or little weight is bearing on the pet’s body to return it back to a normal gait pattern. Reducing the weight put on the bones and joints is highly important to increase endurance and strength, while helping the pet lose weight, without putting excess stress on the joints.Underwater treadmill therapy also provides another major benefit. With the help of a water rehabilitation specialist, the speed of the treadmill can be customized to each pet based on the length of the pets’ legs and how much exertion the pet is putting forth. For example, a small breed dog would normally require a slower pace, while faster speeds are better for dogs with longer legs and those advanced in their conditioning, such as with agility or athletic canines. While the size of the pet will help determine the starting speed, the rate of the exercise will be determined by the pets’ specific needs and physical condition