Swimming For Rehab

The natural buoyancy of water greatly reduces stress on bones and joints, while providing the resistance needed for muscle building.

That's why so many veterinarians routinely suggest swimming for canine rehab and strength building. Rehabilitating a dog with water has many benefits, including decreased weight bearing through the joints which reduces pain. In the water, gentle range of motion of all four limbs is accomplished and strengthening is provided by the water resistance. Neurological re-education for muscles occurs because they are used differently. There seems to be psychological benefits for the dogs that occur as well, because they are able to exercise without pain.

The natural buoyancy of water greatly reduces stress on bones and joints, while providing the resistance needed for muscle building.

Swimming can benefit your dog's body in these ways:

• Loosening tight muscles

• Increasing circulation, endurance, and flexibility

• Increasing range of motion, balance, coordination and muscle strength

• Decreasing swelling and pain

• Relaxation

• Confidence building

Conditions which may benefit from swimming include:

• Joint injury

• Degenerative Myelopathy

• Hip/elbow dysplasia

• Spinal injury

• Mobility problems

• Arthritis

• Pre/Post-Surgery

• Chronic pain

• Geriatrics

• Weight reduction