"Had lots of fun at the Canine Aquatic Center today. Marley sustained an injury to her left rear leg as a puppy and has always had a limp and muscle wasting on that leg. She got a nice massage and was slowly introduced to the water (which she hates) and ended up relaxing enough to almost go to sleep. Grimm also came along for the ride and it turns out he’s a natural swimmer. Go check them out. The staff is awesome, and the facility is beautiful! We’ll be going back!"
Although water is the oldest rehabilitation modality, few understand the magnitude, variety, and speed of its healing effects. The terms water therapy, aquatic exercise, aquatic therapy, and hydrotherapy are interchangeable in reference to exercise in water.
Benefits of Aqua Therapy:
- Enhance range of motion
- Minimize pain
- Strengthen muscles
- Assist in weight loss/management
- Relieve muscle spasms
- Rehabilitate post-surgery/injury
- Maintain/improve mobility
- Promote physical/psychological well-being
- Reduce weight-bearing stress on painful joints
- Improve respiratory/cardiovascular endurance
As the benefits of aquatic therapy for dogs continue to increase, we are pleased to be the only facility in the Tri-State to offer a full range of aqua therapy services to benefit our canine friends. Aquatic therapy is being used for recovery from surgery and injury, weight-loss management, cardiac rehabilitation, and chronic pain management. Water provides a controllable environment for dogs that are non-weight bearing or have limited weight bearing ability. Aqua therapy is an option for dogs that are unable to do land-based exercise due to recent surgery, acute orthopedic or neuromuscular injury, rheumatological disease, or neurological impairment.
Aquatic based exercise can be less painful and easier for the unfit, overweight, or senior dog because gravitational forces on the body are reduced in the water. Increased tolerance makes it possible to exercise longer and may improve compliance with a regular endurance exercise program.
Aquatic therapy is ideal for performance and trained dogs that need to maintain peak fitness. It is a safe and low-impact form of total body conditioning; in fact, a five minute swim is equivalent to about a five mile run.