Posts from July, 2016
Canine Rehab, similar to physical therapy in human medicine, is ideal for dogs that have been injured, undergone surgery or who suffer from arthritis, obesity, or neurological disease. By using Rehabilitation techniques and modalities we can maximize your pet’s ability to recover physically while minimizing his/her pain. Some signs of pain and discomfort are as follows: Sleeps more/ Restlessness, especially at night Lethargic, doesn’t want to walk as much or at all, Cannot jump onto bed or sofa, Pants more, Lameness, Stiffness, Whines or moans for no apparent reason, Irritability or personality changes, any or all of the above but doesn’t seem or act painful. Below is a list of services that we offer.
- Weave Cones
- When walking through vertical weave cones it helps develop coordination and balance while learning to turn and pivot.
- Initial Assessment
- To begin an assessment, the patient is observed at rest and at several gaits. General palpation is performed to determine proper symmetry and muscle atrophy. Postural reflexes, ROM measurements and proprioception testing are performed. Every tendon, ligament, muscle and joint from the tip of the nose to the tail is assessed.
- Cavaletti Rails
- Helps dogs learn how to negotiate obstacles and walk over them by lifting their limbs to the appropriate height.
- Underwater Treadmill
- This is effective for improving strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, ROM, agility, psychological well-being, while minimizing pain; beneficial for post-op fractures, Cranial Cruciate Ligament stabilization, neurological conditions, tendinitis, and conditioning.
- LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
- LASER is used to accelerate wound and joint healing, to promote muscle regeneration, acute and chronic pain control, decrease edema (swelling), neurological conditions, and post–op care. It is measured in Joules/cm² (dose of laser energy).
- Dry Needling
- Dry Needling is the use of either solid filiform needles (acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for muscle pain from trigger points (knots); sometimes known as intramuscular stimulation.
- A measuring tape with a spring tension device used to measure limb circumference. Measures muscle mass around thigh.
- Device measures joint angles of flexion and extension. The measurements are given in degrees.
- ESTIM (Electrical Stimulation)
- Helps to increase muscle strength, muscle re-education, increasing ROM, correction of structural abnormalities, improving muscle tone, accelerating wound healing, edema (swelling) reduction, muscle spasm reduction, and enhancing trans dermal administration of medication.
- TENS (Trans cutaneous Electrical Stimulation Nerve Stimulation)
- TENS works transcutaneously (through the skin) through surface electrodes to excite nerves
- Is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, helps to relieve stress, anxiety and discomfort, helps to reduce muscle spasms and soft tissue discomfort, relief from pain, reduce tension, and help to sedate the nervous system
- Techniques: Stroking, Effleurage, Petrissage, Compressions
- Improves flexibility of the joints and extensibility of periarticular tissues (tissues around a joint), muscles and tendons; beneficial with conditions like shortening of tissues, reduced mobility, injury and neurological conditions.
- PROM (Passive Range of Motion)
- Is useful to diminish the effects of disuse and immobilization. There is no muscle contraction performed, helps to decrease pain and improves rate of recovery.
- Balance Board
- Is used to provide balance and proprioceptive training from the forelimbs or side to side
Here is a link to our Rehabilitation website page