The benefits of water on the recovering body are numerous and an underwater treadmill is a great option to provide these in a safe environment for your pet. The natural buoyancy of water decreases the effects of gravity on the body by up to 90%. This allows post-surgery or post-injury patients to rehabilitate with limited impact on joints and muscles, reducing or eliminating pain.
The hydrostatic pressure of water helps to stabilize joints and decrease swelling, while the thermal properties of the warm water help to relax achy muscles, improve range of motion, and control muscle spasms. Resistance jets provide additional challenges for our advancing patients and improves weight loss, and the natural detoxifying properties of water promote overall health and wellness.
Once pets get used to being in the treadmill, they really enjoy it! We can use the treadmill for many conditions including neurological injury, post-operative recovery, weight loss, strengthening, and conditioning.