Active Paws mission is to provide individualised rehabilitation programs that restore optimal movement and function
We do this through delivering a targeted treatment plan utilising hydrotherapy in conjunction with physiotherapy to provide accelerated rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy has been proven to be an effective tool in veterinary rehabilitation as it allows the patient to exercise in a reduced weight-bearing environment which relieves pressure on joints, reducing pain and encouraging a better range of movement. Underwater treadmill sessions utilise the natural buoyancy, resistance, pressure and warmth of water to promote strength, endurance, and increased range of motion.
Benefits to the Patient
A completely controlled, reduced weight bearing environment
Increased muscle mass and tone
Improved joint range of movement
Reduction of swelling and stiffness
Increased blood flow to the tissues increases flexibility
Re-education of gait patterns
Improved cardiovascular performance
Common conditions treated
Rehabilitation utilising hydrotherapy and physiotherapy is commonly used post-operatively in a surgical situation or alternatively as part of a conservative management plan. Some of the common conditions treated include:
Cranial cruciate ligament
Neurological conditions – including intervertebral disc disease, fibrocartilaginous embolism and spinal trauma.
Muscle injury or muscle atrophy
Weight management and obesity