Mobility Matters


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Pool House Veterinary Hospital are pleased to introduce our new purpose built, dedicated hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centre ‘Mobility Matters’. We are now able to offer hydrotherapy, physical therapy and acupuncture to help many pets, both pre and post-operative, overweight and suffering from congenital and acquired disease.

Our lead therapist is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Certified Hydrotherapist with an RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing and Diploma of Higher Education in Clinical Veterinary Nursing and a Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals. This allows the assurance that sound reasoning and clinical judgement are applied to each patient on an individual basis. Every patient referred to Mobility Matters will undergo assessment and a dynamic programme of rehabilitation will be devised, in conjunction with the referring veterinary surgeon and owner.



We are the only Veterinary Rehabilitation Centre in Staffordshire and the only hydrotherapy facility in the county to have an aquatic treadmill.

An aquatic treadmill can be used to provide therapy in the form of gait patterning and sequencing, static and dynamic balance work, controlled exercise as well as practice of standing, walking and swimming.  This can be tailored to be either low or high intensity, depending upon the reason for referral. The use of such equipment allows a therapist to perform treatment in a limited weight bearing environment, under greater intensity than that of just air.

Side panels within the unit allow our therapists to safely stand within the treadmill while therapy is conducted, allowing the provision of assistance, support, reassurance and encouragement during treatment. Its primary use in veterinary patients is to enable early return of function following limb, back or neck, injury or surgery. This occurs through improved muscle strength and core stability, in addition to improving the range of motion in compromised joints and aiding weight loss.

A benefit of this treatment when compared to traditional swimming is that an aquatic treadmill encourages a normal gait pattern, the variables (speed, resistance, incline, water depth) can be adjusted so the therapy can be more controlled and dynamic.  In addition, the slow introduction to the water helps reduce fear enabling the patients to relax, therefore improving the results of the therapy session.


Benefits of hydrotherapyHydro2

  • Increased range of movement of joints
  • Improved proprioception
  • Aids muscle strengthening, maintenance and restoration
  • Decreases pain during exercise
  • Decreases stress on healing tissues
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Reduces muscle spasm and tone
  • Increases speed of recovery
  • Aids weight reduction
  • Improves circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Decreases swelling and joint effusion
  • Increases stability to unstable joints
  • Aids transition to land based exercises

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