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