Under Water Treadmill

Our large under water treadmill allows room for all size and breeds of dogs to carry out there therapy programs comfortably. Water treadmill is the action of continuously walking in warm water in a controlled environment to improve muscle strength, tone and body co-ordination. 

This under water treadmill is specifically designed for canine rehabilitation, it has features such as 360 viewing windows for gait assessment, a smooth belt that can be reversed if necessary and electronic incline which can be used where appropriate in your pets rehab plan.  This treatment is a controlled therapy and can be used to target certain muscles and joints for bespoke rehab plans. The water depth, belt speed and duration of the session can all be adjusted to create a specialized pan for your dogs rehab or sport requirements. 

Swimming Pool

Our 4.7m x 2.5m pool allows ample space for rehabilitation to be carried out. The partially sunken pool allows the patient to swim at a natural walking height for the dogs, this means they are not straining their neck to look up at their owners. Our therapist always assists in the pool with your dog to ensure they are safe while carrying out their treatment programs. The pool is accessed by a ramp and has an additional flat surface to allow the dog to stand in the water this so the therapist can carry out patient checks and warm water massage if necessary. 

Pool swimming for rehabilitation is slow and controlled to allow the animal to increase their range of movement of stiff joints and muscles. Pool swims are completely non weight bearing which takes the weight off their joints.

Our water is heated to 30 degrees to allow for therapeutic swimming. 


Physiotherapy at The ARC is carried out by ACPAT physiotherapist Kat Clarke.  Kat uses a range of physiotherapy techniques to offer bespoke rehab plans catered to your pets requirements. 

Treatment techniques Kat uses:

  • Hands on techniques - massage / soft tissue release / joint mobilisations / sensory techniques

  • Electrotherapy - pulsed electromagnetic energy / laser / light therapy / muscle stim or TENs

  • Exercise programmes - range of movement / stretches / strength and proprioception

  • Static postures, gait re-education and proprioception work

  • Endurance and stamina training 

  • Advice & education

  • Orthotic advice and application

  • Referral to hydrotherapy / Liaison with other professionals.

Physiotherapy can assist in:

  • Management of chronic conditions, e.g. Osteoarthritis

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Orthopaedic Conditions (Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cruciate Disease...etc)

  • Neurological cases (Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy...etc)

  • Rehabilitation post operatively (Orthopaedic / Neurological surgery)

  • Performance enhancement / MOT sessions for our sporting animals

  • Lifestyle / weight management programmes

For more infomation check out:

ARC 2018 Making Your Pets Steps Easier