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Total Canine Fitness

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.

"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!"

Canine Aquatic Therapists
  • Janice Stamps, PT, CCAT
    Janice Stamps, PT, CCAT -

    Jan opened the Rehab for Life, LLC outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinic in 2007 and in 2019, built and opened a new Rehab for Life facility and Canine Aquatic Therapy Center in Evansville, IN.  Her belief that animals as well as humans deserve the very best rehab and fitness opportunities led to the creation of this new state-of-the-art indoor aquatic facility.  The programs offered are guided by...

  • Ashley, PTA, CCAT
    Ashley, PTA, CCAT -

    Ashley graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and earned an Associates of Science Degree to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.  She grew up in Frankfort, IN (home of the Hot Dogs!) where her love for animals began.  She now holds a certification in Canine Aquatic Therapy.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her twin girls, London and Ace. ...

  • Laura, PTA, CCAT
    Laura, PTA, CCAT -

    Laura has been a licensed physical therapist assistant for twenty three years.  She specializes in outpatient, pediatrics, aquatics, and inpatient rehabilitation.  Laura received her Aquatic Therapy Certification fifteen years ago from the International Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute.  She is also a certified canine aquatic therapist and a certified therapy dog handler.  Laura is happily married and has six...

  • Holly, COTA, CCAT
    Holly, COTA, CCAT -

    Holly has worked at Rehab for Life as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since it opened in 2007.  She earned her Associate of Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from the University of Southern Indiana with an emphasis in exercise science in December of 2001 and subsequently her certification in April of 2002.  She now holds a certification in Canine Aquatic Therapy.  She is matching her...