Rehabilitation and the palliative care programs of degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis
Geriatric wellness programs
Weight management protocols
Recovery and conditioning of canine athletes
Fitness and cross-training of canine athletes and show dogs
Hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill utilises the physical properties of water to minimise compressive forces on joints and stresses on healing tissues. This promotes an earlier return to function after injury or surgery. The low impact, active muscle contraction, increased joint range of motion and a lengthened stride in the water promotes the restoration of normal function. The buoyancy of water minimises weight-bearing on the joints allowing the patient to exercise more comfortably. It assists the patient to exercise in an upright position encouraging confidence, normal posture and movement pattern. The compressive effect created by the hydro-staticpressure of water helps reduce blood pooling and oedema in the lower limbs. Resistance provided by the water strengthens, increases muscle tone and improves the patient’s cardiovascular fitness. The challenge can be adjusted using the speed of the belt, water levels, inclines and water jets. Exercising in warm water stimulates endorphin and encephalin release in the brain which enhances the patients’ mood and assists with pain management. The operator-controlled environment of an underwater treadmill allows each patient’s program to be individualised and adjusted during a session. A therapist can palpate and assess joint movement, joint stability, and muscle contractions as well as enhance walking with manual techniques. Movement is assessed and the challenge adjusted to facilitate the optimal training gait for a patient’s individual needs.
"My Aquatread UWT is my best piece of rehab equipment. My patients really look forward to their sessions.
Surely an engineering masterpiece and investment in my practice."
"I have owned and used the Aquatread Underwater Treadmill since February 2014 and we see an average of between 200 and 250 dogs for UWT sessions monthly. The Aquatread machine is a work horse and I enjoy having the options of utilising inclines and declines as well as the jets to optimise the functional outcomes for the dogs."
Dawn JonesVeterinary Physiotherapist
"Enjoy working with a machine that is state of the art and easy to operate. Maintenance is low and the UWT is very robust."
"Our first Aquatread was installed in 2015 and Animal Health and Hydro has never looked back. It is a workhorse and completely revolutionised our practice. Another one is on its way for our new branch. We are so looking forward to being able to make a difference there, too."