Pet Rehab Therapies – a wonderment for our pets
There are various rehabilitation therapies available for various issues. Let’s take a look as some of the most used therapies:
- joint mobilization
- therapeutic stretches
- even chiropractic treatments
Manual Therapies are performed by certified rehabilitation practitioners, highly skilled in these techniques.
Strength, coordination, flexibility and balance therapies
Here tools such as rockers and wobble boards, physioballs, therapy bands and Cavaletti poles are used as an aid.
“Unbalancing” exercises such as walking on irregular surfaces help your dog learn where her feet are in space and how to keep from falling over while working on changes in body position.
This involves underwater treadmills and swimming.
Water buoyancy helps ease the pressure off your dog’s injured or painful joints. Water therapy helps improves cardiovascular health, muscle strength and range of motion. Swimming uses natural canine motions to improve mobility.
Cryotherapy uses cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation and decrease both surface and deep tissue bleeding.
Heat therapy uses heat packs or warm, moist towels, to decrease pain and inflammation, and speed healing.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
A therapeutic ultrasound device that transmits high-energy sound waves through your dog’s skin. Soft tissues are caused to vibrate and generate heat, increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to internal injuries and wounds.
ESWT can break down scar tissue, reduce swelling, inflammation and muscle spasms. It successfully assists in conditions such as fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis.
Low-level laser therapy (cold laser therapy)
Low-level or Cold laser therapy helps improve wound healing, reduce post-trauma swelling and facilitates long-lasting pain relief by stimulating the release of your dog’s own pain killing chemicals like endorphins.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
NMES is a low-volt electrical stimulation of motor nerves to cause muscle contractions. Contraction and/or relaxation of your dog’s muscles may help to improve musculoskeletal as well as vascular conditions.
Acoustic compression therapy
The use of sound waves to provide deep-tissue massage in muscles, tendons and joints. It offers increased circulation and pain relief.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
TENS is a battery-powered device that sends a low electrical current to the body.
The current disrupts pain perception pathways, thereby helping to relieve pain. TENS is also sometimes used to stimulate acupuncture points.
Rehab facilities also use thermography to reveal areas of the body with inflammation and therefore pain. Thermography also helps diagnose orthopedic and other health issues, or monitor progress during your pet’s therapy sessions.