Hydrotherapy has become a key element within equine rehabilitation protocols and is used to address range of motion, proprioception, strength, neuromotor control, pain, and inflammation. Various forms of hydrotherapy can be tailored to the individual's injury and the expected return to athletic performance. This article describes the mechanisms of action of hydrotherapies and potential use in the clinical management of equine musculoskeletal injuries.
Keywords: Buoyancy; Hydrostatic pressure; Hydrotherapy; Osmolality; Underwater treadmill exercise; Viscosity.
Published by Elsevier Inc.