Hydrotherapy is therapeutic exercise in warm water. It is used as part of an overall rehabilitation programme to help enhance healing and aid recovery following injury or surgery, improving muscle tone and fitness. Crosslands Hydrotherapy Centre, established in 2009, benefits from a heated, filtered and sanitised hydrotherapy pool and an aquatic treadmill giving us a safe and controlled environment to rehabilitate and mobilise your dog.
In many cases hydrotherapy can help to promote early return to normal activity. In cases where return to normal activity is unachievable, it may help to prevent problems of ‘under-use’ in the affected area, for example severe muscle atrophy and stiffness. All dogs using the centre will need a referral form signed by their veterinary surgeon confirming that the dog is suitable for hydrotherapy. These are available on request from Crosslands. Veterinary referral forms provide us with an accurate diagnosis of the clinical condition being treated, but they also give the vet the opportunity to bring any ongoing medical treatment and relevant history to our attention.
Crosslands Hydrotherapy Centre is a member of the CHA (Canine Hydrotherapy Association), which regulates and controls the standards of hydrotherapy centres across the UK. As hydrotherapy is considered to be a complimentary treatment, pet insurance may help to cover the cost. Most insurance companies require hydrotherapy centres to have full CHA membership in order for clients to claim from their pet insurance plans.
What conditions can benefit from hydrotherapy?
As every dog is different, there are cases where hydrotherapy may not be suitable. Your veterinary surgeon will be able to advise you on appropriate rehabilitation methods for your dog.