Rehabilitation 2018-03-23T14:51:41+00:00

Because with love

There is no compromise

Benefits of Rehabilitation

arrow_down.png

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is used in veterinary medicine to aid in healing and to treat pain. It is a visible light that is absorbed at the cellular level. It has many positive effects, including: accelerating collagen synthesis, decreasing inflammation, enhancing immune cells to help fight infection, and reducing pain by release of endorphins. Indications for laser therapy include: arthritis, tendonitis, wounds, edema, neuralgia, tendon and ligament injuries, and pain. If your pet has inflammation, is feeling pain, or a wound, laser therapy can be a good alternative to traditional treatment. The laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free alternative. Laser Therapy can be used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, as well as numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Laser Therapy has proven to be an effective tool, whether your pet is rehabilitating from injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging.

Treatments are customized to each patient's particular needs, so treatment time, complexity, and cost will vary. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated with one laser. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.

Orthopedic Supportive Devices

Some pets benefit from orthopedic supportive devices, which we can either create on-site or order from a variety of trusted vendors. If your pet is in need of such devices, we will take accurate measurements and ensure the appropriate item is created or ordered for them. Upon receipt, we will assist you with a fitting appointment, making adjustments as needed.

Physio Balls

As in human physical therapy, physio balls are used to help build core strength, improve balance, and increase flexibility especially during neurologic re-training.

Underwater Treadmill

Rehabilitating a dog with water has many benefits. One is decreased weight bearing through the joints, which reduces pain. In the water, gentle range of motion of all four limbs in accomplished and strengthening is provided by the water resistance. Neurological re-education for muscles occurs because they are used differently. Additionally, dogs may psychologically benefit from the ability to exercise without pain.

The underwater treadmill provides graduated weight-bearing exercise in an enclosed chamber. Water is filled to depths determined by the practitioner. More body weight is supported as the level of water increases.

An underwater treadmill is used to minimize post-operative swelling, increase muscles strength and encourages early use of an operated limb. The advantage of using the treadmill is that the water provides buoyancy, removing the need for the recovering area to support full body weight during each step. In addition, the water provides mild resistance to motion, which increases muscle strength and endurance over time.

Frequency varies depending on the dog’s condition. The general goal is 30 minutes of sustained swimming or walking. One time/week is usually effective, two times/week is more beneficial. Benefits include: decreased joint stress, strengthening, neurological retraining, cardiovascular health, and positive psychological effects.