Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill (UWTM)
The underwater treadmill provides a controlled, comfortable and safe exercise environment for patients recovering from soft tissue injuries, surgery (both orthopaedic and neurological) and patients with osteoarthritis.
Hydrotherapy can consist of both underwater treadmill and swimming pool therapies. At WAVES we have a brand-new underwater treadmill that utilizes the warm buoyancy and resistance of water in a controlled environment. It is the physical properties of the water itself that makes hydrotherapy a safe and effective treatment. The buoyancy of the water reduces the amount of weight-bearing on painful joints while the resistance and viscosity of the water helps to support and strengthen. The warmth of the water also increases flexibility, mobility and blood flow to promote healing of joints and tissues. Hydrotherapy can decrease recovery time from surgery, improve pain from arthritis, and improve neurological conditions. It is also a great weight loss program for those pets who can’t normally exercise well due to their weight and arthritic pain through low impact exercise and enhanced cardiovascular fitness.