What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy involves controlled and specific exercises carried out in water, and is often recommended for patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery, injury, and for those with chronic mobility problems. The buoyancy of water makes for a low impact form of exercise which is kind to painful joints. Water also creates resistance to movement helping to restore and strengthen muscle. In this way it can benefit patients who have experienced muscle wastage, for example due to inactivity after surgery. Warm water possesses a soothing quality, easing pain and thus increasing the extent to which a patient is able to exercise.
How do we use hydrotherapy?
Our facilities boast a fantastic hydrotherapy set up complete with underwater treadmill. Hydrotherapy has a huge range of uses and forms part of our post-operative care plans for many pets who have undergone surgery. After surgical correction to a bone or a joint, recovery can be dramatically improved by strengthening the supporting muscles, taking the strain off the surgical repair. In a similar manner, we use hydrotherapy to rehabilitate patients with muscle injuries. It is also common to see many of our ‘golden-oldie’ patients enjoying some relief from arthritic joints on our water treadmill.
Whatever the reason for your pet’s visit to our hydrotherapy facilities, our caring and highly trained team will tailor treatment to meet their specific needs, taking a whole-body view to recovery. The number of visits required will vary depending on our shared goal for your pet. Acute injuries might require a shorter treatment programme, whilst a longer, less intensive plan may be better suited to pets with chronic problems. If you think your pet could benefit from hydrotherapy, please ask one of our friendly team for more information.
We would love to be able to get your pet back on their feet. We don’t require a referral from your vet for a physio treatment, but we will for any surgical treatments. If you’re not sure, give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.
If you would like your pet to be seen by one of the Physio Vet team, then the initial contact should be made by your normal veterinary surgeon. A referral can only be made by them, who will provide us with all the medical information we require in order to treat your pet. Once we have this information, we will then arrange everything else, but please feel free to contact us to discuss the process in further detail, or if you have any questions.