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Westridge Pet Hospital & Wellness Center Underwater Treadmill
 
 
One priceless tool in our rehabilitation arsenal is our underwater treadmill. This machine combines both the exercise of a treadmill with easy-on-the-joints hydrotherapy. The benefits of this method are astounding and aid in helping animals recover faster than with other therapeutic methods.

An underwater treadmill offers the following unique therapeutic benefits:

  • The buoyancy provided by water lessens the weight-bearing load on an animal’s limbs.
  • This helps reduce pain and lets the animal start therapy earlier.
  • Water applies pressure on an animal’s limbs, which helps decrease inflammation and improve circulation.
  • By changing the water level, resistance and buoyancy can be changed to target individual muscle groups and injuries.¬†
  • Water temperature can be changed as well to help the animal relax and further alleviate pain.
  • Muscle conditioning in water is not only an effective way of building up cardiovascular strength and endurance, but animals often find it fun.


 

 

 
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