Our Hudson Underwater Treadmill provides the perfect therapy to encourage a comfortable, normal gait. The water’s buoyancy counteracts gravity and helps support injuries and sore joints, and is kept at a therapeutic 80-85 degrees F to decrease pain and relax tense muscles. As the treadmill belt is moving, feet tend to follow a normal gait pattern, often improving active range of motion. This helps muscles strengthen and tissues heal in a more functional manner.
Because the patient is supported in water while exercising, the possibility of losing balance and causing further injury is drastically reduced. Hydrostatic pressure (the pressure created on the body from being submersed in water) additionally helps condition the cardiovascular system at a faster rate, and can decrease swelling from injuries. The resistance of the water while exercising is another reason aquatic exercise is effective in athletic training and conditioning. An optional jet stream creates further resistance when needed.
The Animal Rehab Center is proud to offer Asheville’s first therapeutic swimming pool for pets! Our swimming pool can be used either for conditioning in athletic patients, or as a gentle environment for weak or neurologically-impaired animals that benefit from assisted swimming. Patients are fitted with a life vest and a trained rehab assistant accompanies the animal in the water at all times. Similar to the Underwater Treadmill, the water’s buoyancy counteracts gravity and helps support injuries and sore joints, and is kept at a therapeutic 80-86 degrees F to decrease pain and relax tense muscles. Often times, paralyzed or weak animals are stimulated by a neurological reflex to paddle and swim in the pool, which helps to maintain muscle strength and active range of motion.