Pet Physical Rehabilitation
Welcome to our "Whole Body Pain Relief, Rehabilitation, & Fitness Program" web page
Aquatic Therapy Underwater Treadmill Benefits
Improve Surgical Recovery - really helps to get post-surgery pets using their leg again. The water support (buoyancy) allows them to begin using their leg better due to the reduced weight load on the affected limb.
Improve Strength - helps build muscle to better support arthritic joints, which ultimately decreases joint pain.
Heated Water - decreases joint pain, improves circulation to muscles, increases flexibility. Remember the last time you were in a hot tub?
Improve Cardiorespiratory Endurance - remember the last time you walked in knee to waist deep water, went swimming, or had a water aerobics workout?
Improve/Stimulate Nerve Function - can help neurologic patients that are unable to ambulate without the support of water. Helps to get nerves "communicating" again
Weight Loss - will help reduce the whole body weight load on joints...reducing pain.
Improve Flexibility - the extra support of water will help improve range of motion and flexibility.
Intensity Adjustments - for athletic pets, we are able to tailor these sessions to take an anaerobic, more intense/interval workout approach. Our underwater treadmill has the capabilities to use water jets, incline, and increase speed.
Mental Stimulation - most pets really do enjoy using the underwater treadmill. It can be a fun activity for everyone.
Our physical rehab team can review numerous options regarding your pet’s rehabilitation and healthy lifestyle program. We can tailor the program to fit the needs of both you and your pet.
What is Physical Rehabilitation?
Physical Rehabilitation is the use of non-invasive techniques to improve function and recovery from both recent and long-term conditions. The goal is to promote optimal function and fitness, aid with pain relief, and help your pet’s overall quality of life. This can involve using therapeutic exercises (e.g., leash walking, range of motion exercises, aquatic therapy, balance exercises) combined with other modalities (e.g., therapeutic ultrasound, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic laser, acupuncture, heat/cold therapy).
Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation
Any pet with chronic pain/arthritis, previous or planned orthopedic/soft tissue/neurological surgery, obesity, etc. can benefit from physical rehabilitation. They can experience improved function, speed of recovery, reduced pain, prevention of future injury, and can improve their overall quality of life.
This is one of the most important modalities in physical rehabilitation. The goal is to help your pet return to the best function possible, reduce/eliminate pain, and enhance their overall quality of life.
Just a few examples:
Joint Motion Exercises (e.g., controlled incline and decline walking, passive range of motion and stretching, sit-to-stand, cavaletti rails, tunnel walking)
Conditioning Exercises (e.g., treadmill walking, jogging, playing ball)
Strength Exercises (e.g., pulling weights, jumping, using leg weights when shaking paw/walking)
Proprioception and Balance (e.g., paddle boarding, weight shifting, balance board, exercise roll)
Feline Exercises (yes, cats can have rehab too). A few examples: chasing a laser light, walking with a harness, weight shifting activities, low cavaletti rails)