Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions to reduce pain and improve mobility and function. Our underwater treadmill provides a weight-free environment to reduce the concussive forces applied to injured joints and soft tissues.

Why use an Underwater Treadmill?

We use an underwater treadmill as opposed to a traditional pool as this encourages a normal gait pattern with the speed, resistance, and water depth all controlled by the therapist. Our treadmill uses sanitised heated water which is beneficial for stiff, tight, or weak muscles, to prevent further injury and to promote continued use.

An underwater treadmill can be used to provide therapy in the form of gait patterning and sequencing, static and dynamic balance work, controlled exercise as well as practice of standing, walking, and swimming. This can be tailored to be either low or high intensity, depending upon the reason for referral.

  • Our treadmill has 360-degree viewing potential which allows for a thorough evaluation of the way a patient is moving
  • The water depth is fully adjustable to provide as much or as little support for the patient dependent upon their medical condition/s
  • Easy accessible controls mounted on the chamber allows our therapists to be in the treadmill with the patient and still have complete control of the session

What conditions would benefit from hydrotherapy?

  • Hip / Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patella Luxation
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
  • Post-operative cases
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries – i.e. IVDD and Fibrocartilagenous Embolism
  • Neurological conditions – i.e. Syringomyelia and nerve damage
  • Osteoarthritis and assosicated degenerative joint diseases
  • Obesity and weight loss
  • Strengthening and conditioning for working / sporting dogs

What does an initial session involve?

A hydrotherapy session at Mobility Matters starts with seeing how your animal moves, as well as feeling over their muscles and joints to locate areas that need treatment. Upon completion of this, your animal will be put in a correctly fitted harness ready for the treadmill.

For those animals that need that extra bit of support, we have slings and help-me-up harnesses available to help them throughout the session if need be.

The therapist will then acclimatise your animal to the treadmill environment during this session. However, this may take a couple of sessions for them to feel comfortable within this environment. During the treadmill session, your animal will have stints of exercise followed by rest breaks where they will receive aquatic manual therapies such as massage or range of motion exercises. We have found that this is the most effective way to achieve beneficial results when using hydrotherapy as a treatment.

If you have any queries or think that your dog would benefit from hydrotherapy please contact us at info@mobilitymattershydro.co.uk

Below you will find downloadable that you may find useful prior to your initial assessment. For any other downloadable content please go to Owner Resources.

What to expect from the first hydrotherapy appointment

Home management advice

Advice for dogs on cage rest