At Honeysuckle Veterinary Rehabilitation Centre, Hydrotherapy treatment is carried out by a Registered Veterinary Nurse specialised in rehabilitation. Treatment in the water may be in the hydrotherapy pool, or water treadmill. The Physiotherapist and Registered Veterinary Nurse work closely to develop and progress treatment regimes. Water based treatment is used to treat a range of conditions, including orthopaedic, neurological and performance issues.
The buoyancy provided by the water reduces the load on the musculoskeletal system allowing non weight bearing exercise, essential in the recovery of some injuries.
The hydrostatic pressure exerted by the water assists in the reduction of tissue swelling reducing pain and improving limb awareness.
The warmth of the water along with the exercise dilates the superficial blood vessels improving the blood supply to the muscles and helping to reduce stiffness and discomfort.
The viscosity of the water provides a resistance to limb movement, a water property the Veterinary Nurse will utilise in strengthening targeted muscle groups.