Hydrotherapy Perth

Hydrotherapy is the combination
of water and controlled therapeutic
exercises designed to stimulate the
healing process. It is derived from
Greek terminology meaning
‘any healing in water’.

For the healing process to occur hydrotherapy incorporates controlled non-weight (zero impact exercises) or low impact weight bearing exercises in heated sanitised water.  Non weight bearing is usually in a pool and limited weight bearing is in an aquatic treadmill.  The properties of water; heat, buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, viscosity and cohesion combine to create a therapeutic effect.  The controlled exercises ensure the patient recieves maximum benefit when utilising the properties of water.  The heat dilates the blood vessels, relaxes muscles, improves circulation, the hydrostataic pressure reduces swelling and inflammation around joints, the buoyancy prevents impact on joints improving range of motion, the turbulence and viscosity promote cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength.  All of which provide pain relief and allow healing to occur. Common ailments and injuries which often improve with hydrotherapy are:

  • hip dysplasia (pre & post op)
  • elbow dysplasia (pre & post op)
  • spinal injuries
  • cruciate ligament injuries (pre & post op)
  • fractures (post op)
  • patella luxation
  • osteoarthritis
  • obesity

our hydrotherapy pool

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your first session

The initial consult/assessment involves a detailed look at your dog’s medical condition, home environment, diet, exercise, medications etc.  We also do a postural analysis, including a gait assessment and muscle mass measurements if needed.  Prior to the treatment your dog will be given a head to tail health check to ensure suitability for hydrotherapy.

Your dog will have a life jacket or buoyancy aid fitted prior to entering the pool.  A certified Hydrotherapist will be in the pool with your dog during their swim.  After the session your dog will be washed down and  towel dried.  On completion we will give you our recommendations for moving forward and a detailed home treatment plan.

Please note all hydrotherapy bookings need Vet Approval.  If you would like to download a copy of our Vet Referral form to email to your Vet please click on the button below.

fun & fitness swims

Your pet doesn’t have to be injured or ailing to enjoy the benefits of swimming.  Swimming improves your dog’s stamina & fitness, circulation, joint range of motion and builds muscle mass.  All of these health benefits occur whilst your dog is having fun and without any undue stress/impact on the body as seen with other activities such as walking or running. If your dog loves water why not consider replacing one of your daily walks with a swim.  Regular swimming sessions will provide mental stimulation and fun along with the other health benefits mentioned above. 

Although not therapy sessions as such, these swims are still supervised by a hydrotherapist to ensure your pet’s health and safety

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