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    rona
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    Can anyone explain to me how hydrotherapy helps a cruciate ligament sprain. I understand about keeping the muscles working while the dog can’t exercise properly, and keeping the weight down, but does it have a direct benifit to the ligament.
    I have asked the lady at hydrotherapy but she is so enthusiastic about her subject (which is good) that she ends up not really answering the question as she goes into so much detail

    #85493
    Justine&Rafe
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    I’m not an expert, but the basic idea behind hydrotherapy is that it is non-weight bearing exercise.  So the muscles can be strengthened without putting undue pressure on the joints.  As the muscles strengthen, they are better at supporting the animal, so when weight bearing exercise does restart they provide better support for the skeleton.

    Hope that makes sense!

    #85494
    Anonymous
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    This is a well explained answer Rona

    [quote author=xxpsychexx link=topic=13155.msg253274#msg253274 date=1227864952]
    I’m not an expert, but the basic idea behind hydrotherapy is that it is non-weight bearing exercise.  So the muscles can be strengthened without putting undue pressure on the joints.  As the muscles strengthen, they are better at supporting the animal, so when weight bearing exercise does restart they provide better support for the skeleton.

    Hope that makes sense!
    [/quote]

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