Hydrotherapy is a form of therapeutic exercise which is carried out in warm water. Hydrotherapy relies on the many properties of water, which all have effects on the tissues of your pet and how they move. The warmth of the water will help to relax your pet’s soft tissues, reduce pain and allow for a greater range of movement of joints.
The buoyancy of the water allows your pet to exercise in a partially weight bearing environment, which reduces the concussive forces through their limbs, allowing them to move through greater ranges of motion with reduced pain.
The hydrostatic pressure of the water provides enhanced proprioception to pet’s paws and limbs and assists in blood circulation and helps to reduce swelling and pain.
The resistance of the water will help to strengthen muscles, and the turbulence of the water caused by movement will also aid in proprioception, stability, and strength.