Why Rehabilitation for My Dog?

Rocket sitting up on his own without support -- wasn't possible a few months ago

Rocket sitting up on his own without support — wasn’t possible a few months ago

Rehabilitation for your pet is a lot like physical therapy for you; we are trying to achieve goals that allow your pet to function.

The goals could be anything from: 1) recovering quicker from surgery or injury, 2) make the quality of life better for your pet, 3) improve athletic ability through endurance and/or agility, 4) increase their flexibility and mobility through exercise, and 5) decrease pain.

Not only does rehabilitation increase the comfort, improve your pet’s quality of life but it also stimulates the body to increase blood flow to injured areas, reduce pain, swelling and complications, prevents other injuries, decreases the chance of muscle loss, and makes movement easier and less painful.

Almost all animals can benefit from rehabilitation because we all have some sort of nagging injury; pain, obesity, or just want to make ourselves stronger, healthier and happier (doesn’t hurt that it can make us faster and more responsive either).

Aging makes us weaker just due to normal muscle loss along with wear and tear on our body so rehabilitation can make us live stronger, longer and healthier lives without having to lose the vital function we need for living.

All sorts of conditions can be improved with rehabilitation – common conditions include such things as:

  • Surgeries (orthopedic or neurologic)
  • Chronic pain
  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity/weight reduction
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon/ligament/muscle repairs
  • Dysplasia
  • Strength and fitness training

Canine rehabilitation centers can offer all types of modalities to help your pet recover or improve. These modalities include:

  • Cryotherapy – used to decrease inflammation to an area and decrease pain associated with the trauma.
  • Thermotherapy – typically used after 72 hours to help increase blood flow and decrease pain, it also increases muscle contraction and stretching capability along with helping to speed healing.
  • Massage – increases blood flow, oxygen delivery to the tissues and helps remove waste from the area. It also helps by accelerating muscle recovery, breaking down adhesions, relaxes the patient and relieves pain.
  • Therapeutic Laser Therapy – can help improve nerve injuries, help with chronic pain, help maintain cartilage health, and they are great to help accelerate tissue repair in skin, muscle, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound – can locally increase the heat to deep tissues which helps to bring blood into the area, allow stretching to be performed, and help with wound healing.
  • Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) – is used to control pain, prevent atrophy through disuse of the muscle, retain the muscle how to move, and increase strength in a muscle.
  • Hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill) – is used to allow the body to bear less weight on the joints making exercise much more comfortable. It is great for reducing swelling, muscle strengthening, and cardiovascular training. It can help improve strength, range of motion, decrease pain, and increase endurance.
  • Ground treadmill – is used for non-painful patients or patients that are adequately pain managed.
  • Therapeutic exercise – whether passive or active are used to increase range of motion, muscle mass and to help with healing during recovery.

Rehabilitation is good for all of us and we at ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center are here for your needs. Give us a call and take a tour!  HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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