Hydrotherapy Spa

The cold salt water hydrotherapy spa is a drug free treatment designed to help common causes of lameness and reduce convalescence time. It can help the following injuries:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Ligament damage
  • Strains
  • Sore shins, bruising, splints
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis and synovitis
  • Laminitis
  • Wounds
  • Abscesses, bruising and other hoof related problems
  • Poor hoof growth- increases hoof growth
  • Mud fever and cracked heels
  • Windgalls
  • Joint conditions
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Concussion
  • Arthritis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Inflammation in the leg from the knee/hock down
  • Lymphangitis
  • Injury prevention and increase mobility

Regular use of the spa after hard exercise can help prevent injuries by removing the stressors and early inflammatory mediators within the tissues before inflammation develops. Cold improves surface bone density thereby reducing the opportunity for stress related bone injuries to commence. Hydrotherapy treatment can be used to prevent injury, increase mobility and reduce swelling in the legs before and after competition.


How the spa works

The spa solution is maintained between 2 and 4 °c (35 f), to minimise heat and inflammation. This provides analgesic pain management as well as inhibiting enzyme degeneration of tendons post injury.

Salt Concentration:
The salt solution acts as a hypertonic poultice as well as having a natural healing effect on wounds. Water density increases with salt concentration, which in turn increases pressure to aid fluid and waste dispersal.

Water aeration has a massaging effect on the leg and increases the dissolved oxygen content of the spa solution. This assists with fluid dispersal within the leg and speeds recovery.

The depth of the water is proportional to the pressure exerted on the leg which aids fluid and waste dispersal; this can be varied according to position and severity of injury.

Dissolved Oxygen:
Water at temperatures below 6 °c (48 f) has a higher ability to carry oxygen and with the solution also being aerated, the oxygen content is increased dramatically. It is believed that the Spa has similar effects on internal leg injuries to the use of hyperbaric chambers in humans; and with topical wounds, re-oxygenation allows phagocytosis and other natural defence mechanisms to intensify in their therapy.

Spa in use


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