The Underwater Treadmill

Underwater Treadmills are quickly becoming the preferred hydrotherapy tool for the serious rehabilitation therapist.

They offer the ability to manage a wider range of patients (orthopaedic, neurological and soft tissue) safely; at an earlier stage of their recovery; with more precision, stability and alignment; in a more controlled manner.

This confidence in their stability reduces the patients need to over reach and inadvertently cause micro tears within the soft tissues, create excessive stress and force through the joints or panic emotionally. 

A treadmill allows the therapist to:

  • Manage the speed of movement and depth of water; which makes it ideal for inexperienced pets
  • Encourage flexion and extension in the patients limbs in a more controlled manner 
  • Target postural and dynamic muscle groups
  • Enhance and encourage the body’s neurological system, spatial awareness and mobility patterns
  • Create patient confidence as their feet are firmly on the ground
  • Create load and weight bearing in the limbs which is essential for bone and muscle healing
  • Manage spinal patients in an aligned manner with minimal mobility through the spinal vertebrae
  • Create neurological pattern and recuruitment for parapalegic patients and patients with limited mobility
  • Work with advanced neurological, orthopaedic and massage techniques

In addition to the benefits of an Underwater Treadmill, the water is also used to its greatest advatage for the patient. 

  • The pressure of the water eases pain and moves inflammation out of the tissues
  • The buoyancy aids balanced weight bearing and correct movement and use of the body
  • The temperature of the water increases circulation bringing nutrients and oxygen to areas of the body and relieves congestion within the tissues by flushing out cellular waste
  • The movement of the water creates small muscle contractions within the muscles which aids muscular development
  • The resistance of walking in the water helps to build muscle strength, stamina and mass
  • The biomechanics of walking in the water gently aids the muscles by encouraging movement and increased range of motion through the joints and areas that are painful

Bringing all of the above benefits of water into the environment of an underwater treadmill allows for cutting edge rehabilitation to be undertaken in a safe and controlled manner.

Certain rehab techniques and physiological responses can only be achieved when the patients  feet are on a firm, stable, level surface. All of our treadmill patients benefit from our ability to blend physiotherapy, massage and limb loading techniques into the water which allows for more stability and support for the weaker patients.

Barney, post spinal surgery learning how to walk again

Oakley undertaking some flexibility and limb loading exercises

Freddie having treatment for his luxating patellas