Therapeutic exercise/rehabilitation medicine Therapeutic exercise is the backbone or "the core" of any rehabilitation therapy program. It is used in conjunction with other modalities to foster a comfortable range of motion, to build and strengthen muscles, to improve balance and performance of daily activities, to promote weight loss, and to increase confidence. Targeted exercise also helps improve neuromuscular functioning and the patient's own sensory awareness of his or her body.
Electrical stimulation, also called e-stim, is recommended and a valuable tool for pets recovering from orthopedic surgery, fracture repairs, spinal cord injuries, or several other neurological or orthopedic conditions in which the use of a limb is inhibited. It helps to relieve muscle spasms, prevents muscle atrophy, improves joint mobility and circulation, increases muscle mass and strength, and decreased pain.
We offer a multimodal approach to pain management, combining the best in physical medicine techniques, including therapeutic laser and Electrical stimulation, with pain relieving pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements.
Post-operative care includes individualized rehabilitation programs that not only help speed healing time, but also can improve post-operative recovery for your pet.
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Therapeutic laser therapy is a painless use of laser energy to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. It provides energy in the form of light waves that change cellular metabolism. This helps to reduce inflammation, enhance blood flow, and speed tissue healing.
Therapeutic massage is a hands-on manipulation of targeted muscle areas. Suitable for treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, massage is effective for increasing circulation, reducing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, promoting healing, and increasing joint mobility.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin's surface using sound waves. It is a very high-frequency massage that penetrates below the surface of the skin and warms the soft tissue. Generally used in combination with other modalities for pain relief, therapeutic ultrasound is frequently used to treat conditions such as hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. It is also very often used for post-op patients.
Our underwater treadmill use in hydrotherapy is effective in rehabilitation medicine because it allows the patient to move more easily in a reduced weight-bearing environment. Basically, this means that patients are more able to exercise their muscles without their own body weight putting pressure on sore joints or limbs, allowing the patient to gradually increase muscle mass with less discomfort.
Weight management is an important part of maintaining your pet's health. Obesity is associated with many canine and feline health problems including arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.
For any questions or more information about any of the veterinary rehab services we offer, please contact us.