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Hydrotherapy Treadmill

The hydrotherapy treadmill enables us to achieve a low impact but highly aerobic workout while strengthening and re-educating the patient’s limbs and muscles with very little pressure on their joints. The heated water helps to relax tight, spasming and recovering muscles, increases and improves circulation and blood flow through the body which in turn facilitates healing and increases flexibility and mobility of the body as a whole. The water’s buoyancy decreases the amount of weight bearing on the patient’s joints, making it possible for patients with painful conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia and arthritis to work more comfortably and effectively than on land. The increased buoyancy also assists those who are unsteady or unable to stand due to pain or weakness, weight bear on all limbs consistently once again, which, over time will decrease recovery times ultimately getting your pet back to optimal health sooner. The hydrotherapy treadmill enables us to control all variables, such as speed, resistance and depth of exercise, which allows us to develop an individualised and consistently progressive treatment plan for each patient.

Hydrotherapy Pool

Swimming can be used as part of many rehabilitation programs and helps improve awareness of limbs and assists in return of neuromuscular function. It is a unique form of therapy as it combines natural joint range of motion, gentle muscle endurance and strengthening and improved circulation and cardiovascular conditioning, without weight bearing. Dogs recovering from orthopaedic or soft tissue injuries or surgery, or those with chronic conditions, will often start with underwater treadmill therapy and progress to hydrotherapy swims. The action of swimming itself is more vigorous, and we have less control over the intensity of limb movement, therefore it is not always suitable in the initial stages of a patient’s recovery program. Swimming is functionally more of an endurance based exercise resulting in less rapid gains in strength and muscle mass when compared with water walking.

We also use our hydrotherapy pool to teach dogs of all ages how to swim and become comfortable in the water. Many dogs have negative associations with water due to previous histories, and are fearful and will panic, which can actually lead to drowning. Our learn to swim patients and our therapy patients all wear flotation devices when in the water and are accompanied by one of our team members at all times. It is crucial our patients develop quality swimming technique and important for us to monitor this in order for their rehabilitation program to be successful. We also use our pool for fitness and fun and often host ‘Pool Parties’ for our neighbours, Happy Pawz Doggy Daycare as well as have appointment times available for Fun Fitness Swims!


Canine Massage

Canine massage can help your four-legged friend in many ways. Not only can it help to improve movement in the patient’s joints by warming and stretching the muscles, allowing the dog to do day to day activities more easily and with reduced pain, canine massage can go beyond that. Massage allows dogs to feel calm and relaxed, assisting with behavioural problems in certain contexts. Massage can also:

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion of joints
  • Restore natural gait and balance
  • Relive muscle tension, adhesions and ‘knots’
  • Soothe sore muscles and joints
  • Hasten recovery from injury
  • Contribute to post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Prevent injury
  • Increase overall wellness

Massage is particularly useful as a remedial technique in older patients as it helps to reduce pain and stiffness, a common issue facing the geriatric canine. Consistent massage can improve the geriatric’s ability to rise to their feet, stabilise themselves and generally move about more comfortably. Massage also promotes circulation, bringing blood flow and warmth to extremities, helpful for those dogs whose mobility is limited. Massage can shorten recovery time post orthopaedic surgery or soft tissue injury, prevent problems caused by muscle atrophy, decrease pain and discomfort, aid in preventing post-surgical re-injury, reduce scar tissue development and adhesions, and ease the transition back to normal pre-injury activity levels.

Regular and consistent massage and stretching techniques can increase limb range of motion, lengthen stride and improve overall muscle tone, all contributing to more effective use of the canine body which can certainly lead to better performance in sporting dogs in particular but does wonders for your average everyday pet dog’s health and wellbeing.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Muzzle to Muscle are proud to offer Canine Acupuncture with Dr. Kate Fisk from North Queensland Veterinary Acupuncture. All of the details of this service are available through the Facebook page available at:  https://www.facebook.com/northqueenslandveterinaryacupuncture/

Please make bookings directly with Dr. Fisk through contact details on the page above. North QLD Veterinary Acupuncture have availabilities in clinic at Muzzle to Muscle, or alternatively offer home visits in some cases.

Kate is currently on Maternity leave.

Location & Hours
251 Ingham Road, Garbutt 4814
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5:00pm | Sat: 8:30am - 1pm
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0427 014 501