The Aquatic Treadmill is a highly rated piece of equipment that offers an alternative to the hydrotherapy pool, not to be considered as a replacement for the pool but to complement and often be used in conjunction with the pool.
The treadmill has glass sides to allow us to monitor the gait and range of motion.
The heated water levels can be increased or decreased in order to target the joint of interest. The speed and timings can be adjusted throughout treatment to accurately achieve the correct gait pattern for each individual dog.
The Aquatic Treadmill is a useful tool in many rehabilitation situations. It is particularly effective in cases where gait re-education is specifically required after injury or surgery e.g. Cruciate repair or Luxating patella correction.
Disorders such as Cervical Malformation syndrome (wobblers disease) and Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM) benefit hugely from the aquatic treadmill in the early stages, keeping musclular and neurological stimulation active and in the case of wobblers disease, putting less pressure on the cervical vertebrae.
The treadmill is useful when making the transition from water to land by allowing a gradual increase in weight bearing abilities.
For healthy dogs the treadmill can be used for general fitness and increased stamina.