Long an integral part of human physical therapy, exercising in the water is now increasingly used with animals for all of the same reasons. Water-based exercise has been used for many years to heal and restore the body’s inner biochemistry to a healthy equilibrium.
With eighty to eighty-five degree water, in a controlled environment, swimming provides one of the best forms of exercise for any dog. Whether you are seeking to keep your athletic dog fit, your family pet maintained in good health, help your dog recover from surgery (or injury), or potentially help your geriatric pal with relief from arthritis, the benefits of water exercise are well documented.
In our warm water swim spa we offer jetted water for massage, swim jets for resistance swimming, as well as Watsu and warm water massage for sore muscles and achy joints. The warmth of the water enhances circulation, helps to increase flexibility and mobility of muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the joints.
The underwater treadmill provides buoyancy and sensory input that can benefit balance, movement and muscle strength. It can also be very beneficial for high performance athletic dogs by improving endurance, strength and stamina.
Watsu, a form of massage/exercise done in warm water, helps decrease muscle tension and promote relaxation.
Exercises may be be utilized to help with strengthening specific muscles and increasing flexibility.