Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is the cornerstone of great physical rehabilitation. Your companion will benefit in many ways and is appropriate for a plethora of conditions.

Exercise Benefits

  • Improved Cartilage and Ligament Health
  • Improved Muscle Mass and Strength
  • Prevents or Reverses Osteoporosis
  • Increased Circulation
  • Decreased Pain
  • Reduced Obesity
  • Improved Function and Mobility
  • Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Improved Balance and Improved Senses
  • Increased Endurance/Stamina

Aquatic Therapy

Exercising in the water is a low impact activity that helps to improve strength, range of motion, and endurance. The buoyancy properties of water minimalize weight bearing stress to the joints which helps to prevent any tissue injuries, inflammation, and pain.

Appropriate for…

  • Post-operative Orthopedic Procedures
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Osteoarthritic Patients
  • Overweight Patients

Depending on the patient’s therapeutic goals, the underwater treadmill and/or swimming pool may be accessed. The treadmill promoted controlled weight bearing by varying the water level. Our swimming pool is a non-weight bearing environment, which is especially effective for osteoarthritis and weaknesses associated with neurological conditions. Swimming is not recommended immediately for many post-operative conditions; the treadmill may be more appropriate. Our therapy team will help in determining which is most suitable for your pet’s condition.

Manual Techniques

Manual technique refers to massages, passive range of motion, stretches, and joint mobilization. These are all important components of any rehabilitation program. These therapies increase circulation, improve tissue extensibility, promote relaxation, and decrease pain.

Hot/Cold Therapy

Superficial heat and cold applications are used as an addition to other treatments. Often, it is applied before or after exercise in order to relieve pain, increase circulation, promote relaxation, and to increase tissue extensibility or minimize inflammation.

Cold Laser Therapy

Low-level laser, also known as cold laser, is a non-invasive and drug free therapy. It is frequently used with rehab patients in order to increase the speed, quality, and tensile strength of tissue repair. It is also great for decreasing inflammation and pain. It is very precise, safe, and extremely effective for treating a variety of conditions such as soft tissue injuries, post-operative conditions, arthritis, as well as wounds.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is used to improve a patients mobility, and to promote their soft tissue health. It reduces their scar tissue and enhances bone repair by providing thermal and non-thermal mechanical stimulation. This promotes tissue healing of muscles, tendons, joint capsules, ligaments, and bones.

During the ultrasound, a pulsed or continuous wave of sound, can be applied using varied heads to determine the depth of sound wave penetration. Depending upon the tissue and condition, the treatment intensity may also be adjusted. A variety of conditions respond well to this treatment, including the following.

  • Muscle Contracture
  • Muscle Strains
  • Spasms
  • Tendonitis
  • Calcified Tendons
  • Fracture Healing
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Chronic Synovitis

Electrical Stimulation

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation is a modality used for stimulating nerves in order to promote muscle contraction. It improves strength and range of motion as well as decreasing inflammation and pain. It is particularly useful when treating neurological conditions and in managing post-operative pain and muscle weakness.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 6,000 year old therapy used to alleviate pain using slender, sharp needles to stimulate acupuncture points, which encourages body healing. This technique is painless and creates changes in the energy patterns within the body, allowing healing to take place. It is estimated that acupuncture is successful in alleviating pain 80% to 85% of the time. This treatment is usually administered weekly for 3 – 5 weeks and then the interval is varied according to the progress of the patient. Acupuncture can add several years to a pet’s life, reduce pain and enhance a pet’s quality of life. Acupuncture is administered in the presence of the owner/family member. By the second or third treatment, the patient caregiver is amazed to see their pet relax and enjoy the acupuncture procedure.

Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain using slender, sharp, needles to stimulate acupuncture points, which encourages bodily healing. This technique in harmless and creates changes in the energy patterns within the patients body, allowing healing to take place. It is estimated that acupuncture is successful In alleviation of pain 80-85% of the time. This treatment is typically administered weekly for three to five weeks and then the interval is varied according to the progress of the patient.

Acupuncture is done at our facility by Dr. Stephanie Finley by appointment. Please call for more information and scheduling at 610-696-8712.