Hydrotherapy is a very popular for managing arthritis in dogs as it offers proven pain relief as well as rehabilitation of joints and soft tissue.
Hydrotherapy treatment is considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory device due to its ability to reduce tissue swelling. It is the buoyancy effect of the water that reduces the pressure on the animals weight bearing joints, which in turn helps to reduce pain, and allows easier movement of joints.
When your dog moves through water, they’re surrounded by a material which provides a resistance to gravity. That’s why an object will sink a lot slower through water than it might do through air. If you imagine a dog’s joints falling in slow motion, meeting the resistance of each step and then bearing the weight of the upper body, you might see how minimising these impacts might help to protect the joint.
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