Fitness and Rehabilitation
Goals of Therapy
- Minimize pain which restores and improves our patient's quality of life
- Increase muscle mass and strength which improves balance and coordination
- Psychological benefits
- Improve flexibility and mobility which increases functionality
- Improve circulation which accelerates healing
- Decrease inflammation
Each of our patients is treated using a specific treatment plan designed by our certified rehabilitation practitioner. The following modalities are used as needed to achieve these individual therapy goals:
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy- NMES
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation- TENS
- Photobiomodulation (therapy laser)
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Land Treadmill
- Aqua Therapy/ Underwater Treadmill
- Heat and Cold Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Manual Therapy
Owner education and compliance is the key to successful rehabilitation. It is our goal to involve you every step of the way and give you the knowledge and tools needed to provide proper home care for your pet.
Indications for Treatment
Orthopedic Disorders including:
Osteoarthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries, luxating patellas, post surgical and orthopedic injuries.
Neurological Disorders including:
Intervertebral disc disease/rupture, fibrocartilaginous embolism, spondylosis, degenerative myelopathy, trauma, post surgical and neurological injuries.
We provide an exercise program in a safe environment to complement the nutritional and medical care your pet is receiving. As dogs age or become sedentary, they can gain weight and lose mobility. Weight gain is reversible in most cases with progressive exercise. Our equipment allows us to provide activities that are more intensive than you will be able to provide with daily walks. We can help increase your pet's fitness level and restore mobility.
Use of Adaptive Equipment:
Your pet may need some specialized equipment during the rehabilitation process for short term use, or it may be a permanent part of your pet's life after rehabilitation. This includes splints, orthotics, prosthetic limbs or walking carts. We will work closely with you to determine the best solution for your pet.
Conditioning for the Canine Athlete:
Core strengthening is at the center of our canine athlete conditioning program. Minimizing injuries due to lack of muscle strength and overexertion is the focus.