Clarence’s Rehabilitation Journey Part 2

Video: clarence 6-1-15

Clarence came in for his first Rehabilitation session at Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center. The owners were continuing to perform reverse hair brushing on Clarence’s rear legs and back. Candace Lafond, CCRA also performed reverse hair brushing during his rehabilitation session. Simulation walking was performed, while Clarence was in a standing position, on the left rear leg and on both rear legs when he was in a laying position. He had started to show improvement by seeing movement in his left rear leg and some muscle tightness. Clarence still did not have enough strength to walk without assistance. Simulation walking is done by moving the limb(s) in their normal walking range of motion. Reverse hair brushing and simulation walking help in triggering nerve stimulation to promote feeling/ movement. Candace Lafond, CCRA also conducted some weight bearing exercises to strengthen Clarence’s muscles. The other common therapies performed on Clarence were Passive Range Of Motion (PROM), stretching, soft tissue massage, and LASER treatment. The CCRTs and CCRA continued these therapies through the next few sessions. Clarence continued to gain strength/ function in his rear legs from session to session.

Progression Video: Clarence 6-3-15 below

Since Clarence was becoming stronger the exercises became more challenging. The CCRA had him doing sit to stands, foot placing on steps, and going up and down the ramp.

Progression Video: Clarence 6/5/15

 

 

 

Mya’s Chronicles Part 3

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Hello again. My hip surgery went well with no complications. One week after my surgery I came for my first rehabilitation appointment at Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center. Candace Lafond, CCRA (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant), performed the therapy for my rehabilition session. My first rehabilitation session consisted of PROM (Passive Range of Motion), STM (Soft Tissue Massage) and LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).

Passive range of motion is where the certified rehabilitation assistant moves the leg through what should be normal range of motion. This manual therapy is performed to keep the joints and muscles from becoming tight and stiff. Passive range of motion also helps to observe degrees of flexion and extension of the joints. If there are joints and muscles that are tight and stiff the certified rehabilitation assistant will manually perform stretches to loosen the muscles and joints slowly not to cause discomfort. Soft tissue massage is where all the muscles, mainly around specific areas of concern, are massaged to work out trigger points/ muscle knots in order to relieve muscle tightness. LASER therapy is a cold laser that the assistant administers  a certain amount of joules (energy) into the areas of concern or surgery sites. This modality (therapeutic method) helps with controlling pain/ discomfort, to decrease inflammation and to promote blood circulation for healing. My favorite part of my rehabilitation session was the LASER therapy because I got to wear these cool glasses called Doggles. I can’t wait for my next rehabilition session.