What is Swim Therapy?
Hydrotherapy for humans has been used since ancient times.
Similarly, the benefits of sea water for the treatment and prevention of leg injuries in horses has been known for centuries.
The greyhound racing industry recognized the benefits of the equine treatment, and from there, the therapy was extended to dogs in general.
Water has two common principles known as bouyancy and resistance.
These principles makes it effective for building strength in muscles and increasing range of motion.
Additionally, the viscosity of the water is thought to increase sensation awareness of the skin (tactile sensation) and proprioception (limb awareness).
What Water therapy may be beneficial for
May slow the progression of degenerative conditions or may speed recovery after operations.
May be used as a fitness regime prior to surgical intervention in order to allow a dog to maintain condition before an operation if it can not exercise normally.
Can alleviate joint and muscle stiffness by increasing circulation and flexibility of soft tissues
May improve circulation
May increase strength and range of motion
May allow a dog with a degenerative conditions, like hip and elbow dysplasia, to exercise in an environment where there is no pressure on those joints.
May allow Obese dogs can build fitness and lose weight without putting excessive weight on their joints.
Can build confidence
Can also be used as part of a general fitness routine for dogs.