VETERINARY PHYSICAL THERAPY

Ultrasound

The ultrasound waves are generated by a piezoelectric effect caused by the vibration of crystals within the head of the probe. The ultrasound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local soft tissues. This causes deep heating locally, usually there is no sensation of heat felt.

Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:

  • healing rates

  • tissue relaxation

  • tissue heating

  • local blood flow

  • scar tissue breakdown.

EMS/TENS

Electrical stimulation involves applying an electric current to the dog’s muscles in order to stimulate the muscle and provoke muscle contractions. This aims to generate electrical impulses that increase strength and muscle mass. 

TENS is mainly used to treat:

  • Muscle aches

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Rehabilitation of sporting dogs

  • Tendon pain

  • Joint paint caused by contusions

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Post-surgical pain
     

EMS is mainly used to treat:

  • Muscle atrophy from disuse

  • Neurogenic muscular atrophy

  • Herniated disc atrophy

  • Increasing strength in sporting dogs

Laser

Laser therapy stimulates cell regeneration, increase blood circulation and can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries

  • Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma

  • Back pain

  • Ear infections

  • Gingivitis 

  • Hot Spots and open wounds

  • Arthritis / hip dysplasia

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Anal gland infections

Laser treatment is an excellent way to provide pain relief. Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation through the opening of blood vessels and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining swollen areas. The result is a reduction in swelling which reduces pain. The lasers also stimulate nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain, thereby decreasing nerve sensitivity. Because there is less inflammation, less swelling and an interruption of pain signals to the brain, the dog will experience less pain. Laser treatments for dogs also stimulate the production of high levels of naturally-produced endorphins which further counteract your dog's pain.
Dog laser therapy is a very helpful tool during postoperative recovery. In minor cases, laser therapy alone may be enough to alleviate pain and stimulate the healing process. Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improve mobility and enhance your dog's overall quality of life almost immediately.

Photizo Light Therapy

Photizo Light Therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light a specific wavelengths and frequencies, this accelerates the natural healting process of the body.  Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by the light.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced swelling and Inflammation

  • Stimulating the immune system

  • Pain Relief

  • Wound Healing

Bemer Blanket

BEMER stands for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy- Regulation Mat. Bemer uses a pulsed electromagnetic field as a vehicle to deliver a specific pulsed therapy that increases circulation in the small blood vessels. increasing the circulation to the cells helps to deliver nutrients, red and white blood cells and oxygen more efficiently  to the cells.

This allows the body to function more optimally, build stronger tissue and more effectively heal itself.

The benefits include:

  • General enhanced circulation/blood flow

  • Enhanced nutrient supply and waste disposal

  • Enhanced cardiac function

  • Enhanced physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy level

  • Enhanced concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation

  • Enhanced quality of life

Kinesiology Tape

When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant pain and discomfort.

When correctly applied the KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria.

KT Tape helps reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. Correct taping also provides support to muscles by improving the muscle’s ability to contract, even when it is weak, and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract.

Massage

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and compensational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. 

It can be used to relax or stmulate the dog depending on what techniques are used.

Spa Bath

The Spa helps promote muscle relaxation and healing by combining warmth and massage.  The Ultrasound as well as stretching and ROM (Range of Movement) exercises can be performed in the Spa for added benefits.

 The warmth and circulation of the aerated water relaxes the skin, fascia, and superficial muscles, allowing the therapist to perform deeper massage. The buoyancy of the water relieves weight and stress on the joints of the limbs. Blood vessels dilate heart rate and pressure drops and the dog relaxes, allowing for the speedy removal of lactic acid from the tissues, helping condition the muscle, It is also beneficial for paralysed, post-surgery or injured dogs that do not want to bear weight on a limb.

Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic exercise can provide a wide range of benefits for our patients. It can be used to increase range of motion, flexibility, endurance, strength and proprioception. Exercise can help dogs recover more quickly from surgical procedures or injuries, promote functional independence, and keep canine athletes at peak performance levels.

Benefits include:

  • Increased rate of recovery from injury and surgery

  • Improved proprioception

  • Improved balance

  • Improved functional abilities

  • Weight loss assistance

  • Pain reduction

  • Increased strength and range of motion

  • Performance enhancement of athletic dogs

  • Improved quality of life

Heated Indoor Pool

As an alternative or complement to weight-bearing exercise and medication, canine hydrotherapy may speed recovery after operations or slow the progression of degenerative conditions. It may be used as a pre-operative fitness regime to allow a dog to maintain condition before an operation if it can not exercise normally. When a congenital condition is identified in a puppy, it may be the case that surgery is not possible until the animal is physically mature; during the period preceding the surgery, hydrotherapy can be employed to maintain the dog's condition.

Spinal injuries or surgery can cause impairment of motor function, which may be treated by allowing the dog to exercise in water; it provides support and allows the dog to exercise its muscles while nerve regeneration is taking place. Degenerative conditions can make normal weight bearing exercise difficult and pressure on joints and limbs may aggravate some conditions, so hydrotherapy can be used in these cases to allow the dog to exercise in an environment where there is no pressure on the affected areas.

Obese dogs can build fitness and lose weight as a result of exercise in a hydrotherapy pool without putting excessive weight on their joints. Hydrotherapy may be used as part of a general fitness routine for dogs.

Aquatic therapy is highly beneficial as it uses the therapeutic properties of water to improve range of motion, strengthen muscles, and boost endurance – while reducing the risk of injury, can help your pet rehabiliate after soft tissue injuries, postoperative fracture care, neurological impairments, osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, geriatric care, weight loss, and postoperative amputee.

Underwater Treadmill

Using the thermal effects of water can help dogs, cats, and other pets relax during pet therapy. Warm water has the ability to lessen pain and can make connective tissue flexible, thus allowing better range of motion and deeper stretching. The warmth of the water can also increase blood flow and increase the pet’s motivation, speeding up recovery. Since water aerobics and various forms of water therapy are considered “low-impact,” many pet rehabilitation specialists opt for water rehabilitation.

Pets can enjoy many advantages from underwater treadmills. The buoyant properties of water minimize the weight that is bearing on the bones and joints of the dog or cat. We can raise or lower the level of water according to how much or little weight we want your pet to place on his leg to return it back to a normal gait pattern. Reducing the weight put on the bones and joints is highly important to increase endurance and strength.

The speed of the treadmill can be customized to each pet based on the length of the pets’ legs and how much exertion the pet is putting forth.