CANINE HYDROTHERAPY : WHERE ARE WE NOW?
02 Feb 2022
SEMINAR ARENA 2
Over the last few years there has been increasing interest in conducting research to assess the efficacy of canine hydrotherapy as a therapeutic intervention. Now we have more research to inform evidence-based practice, questions arise as to whether data driven approaches are being implemented in industry and what determines an individual’s approach to clinical practice. There are a number of different qualifications that exist in this field, yet the industry is not regulated by one over-arching governing body. Existing research is beginning to suggest that swimming and water treadmill exercise may result in different biomechanical outcomes meaning that certain forms of hydrotherapy may be more appropriate for specific cases. However, whether this is offered may be constrained by the facilities a centre has available and the qualifications of individual staff. There is also an increasing interest in the benefits of combining therapeutic approaches with hydrotherapy centres offering other electrotherapies alongside swimming and water treadmill exercise. More research is needed to investigate the benefits of these approaches to inform evidence-based clinical practice.