Georgia Veterinary Rehabilitation Facility (GVR) in Marietta, GA has a SwimEx model 480 equipped with a custom ramp for animal rehabilitation. Here’s a closer look at how they use hydrotherapy for recovery, rehabilitation, and training.
Benefits of Animal Rehabilitation
GVR offers a wide range of rehabilitative, fitness and pain management services to manage their animal rehabilitation. Their goals are to increase the animal’s mobility and functionality. According to GVR, they accomplish this through treatments, exercises, medication, and supplements to achieve the following:
Increase the range of motion of joints and the spine
Increase flexibility of muscles, ligaments, and tendons
Increase strength of muscles, ligaments, and tendons
Improve proprioception and balance
Promote and support healing
Just as in human medicine, adequate pain management in animals is necessary to enhance healing. We know that pain impedes healing—if the body is in a constant state of pain, the healing process becomes compromised. At GVR, managing your pet’s pain goes hand in hand with our veterinary rehabilitation protocols. Reducing your pet’s pain is often the first step toward increasing mobility.
GVR’s pool has a ramp that allows for easy entry and exit. The resistance created by SwimEx water current provides great rehabilitation. Animals return to full function sooner.
When dogs swim, they are not weight bearing and use their legs differently than when they walk, moving through a greater range of motion. A resistance therapy pool is an important tool that complements the weight bearing water resistance of the underwater treadmill. Both are important tools of the veterinary rehabilitation therapist. The pool also allows us to do more on core strength, overall stamina and conditioning.
Many veterinary rehabilitation facilities don’t have the room for a pool. We think it is important to have one. To ensure the best outcomes of the therapy, our rehab-certified veterinarians and therapists actively facilitate the session, remaining in the pool with your pet throughout the therapy
GVR is the first veterinary rehab center in the southeast, and one of only a few in the country, to house an indoor, heated SwimEx resistance pool. While most resistance pools are powered by individual jets, SwimEx uses paddlewheel technology to create a powerful, consistent wall-of-water. This translates into a more effective, consistent experience for animals.
Our pool is heated to 90-92 degrees to ensure your pet’s comfort and utilizes a state of the art bromine system to maintain water quality. The buoyancy of water supports and lessons stress on the joints, encourages freer movement and provides a safe environment for exercise. Using aquatic therapy allows the injured body part to actively “rest” while the animal maintains—and builds— fitness. The warm temperature of the pool also makes it an effective environment for stretching and massage of physically compromised animals.
We recommend pool-based hydrotherapy for reasons such as arthritis; paralysis and other mobility issues; pre and post-surgical rehabilitation; injury prevention and rehabilitation; weight loss; dysplasia; increasing body awareness, balance, and coordination; and fitness.