How can Physical Rehabilitation Therapy help your pet?
There is a misconception that physical rehabilitation is only for injured pets. It actually helps many pets lead more comfortable lives. Here are answers to some of the questions that you may have about Canine Rehabilitation:
Hydrotherapy is an extremely effective method of rehabilitation for animals small and large. We’re talking about all kinds of animals here, too – from dogs to horses to people to even cats… you name it!
Q. What is Canine Rehabilitation?
Canine Rehabilitation is very similar to the physical therapy services that have been offered for years to humans to prevent injury, following illness, injury or surgery.
The benefits of rehabilitation aim to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling, and increase range of motion, strength, mobility, function and fitness.
Q. Why Hydrotherapy?
Studies have shown that, with hydrotherapy, animals recovering from surgery or injury heal up to 50 or 60 percent faster than with other therapeutic methods. How? Well…
- The buoyancy provided by water lessens the weight-bearing load on an animal’s limbs.
- This helps reduce pain and lets the animal start therapy earlier.
- Water applies pressure on an animal’s limbs, which helps decrease inflammation and improve circulation.
- By changing the water level, resistance and buoyancy can be changed to target individual muscle groups and injuries.
- Water temperature can be changed as well to help the animal relax and further alleviate pain.
- Muscle conditioning in water is not only an effective way of building up cardiovascular strength and endurance, but animals often find it fun.
Q. Which pets can benefit?
Rehabilitation treatments improve quality of life for a variety of pets, including injured animals, aging pets who are in pain, overweight pets trying to lose weight and those recovering from surgery especially orthopedic and neurological cases.
Q. Which conditions are commonly treated with rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is frequently used to treat acute and chronic orthopedic and neurological conditions. Some specific examples include osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and recovery from a fracture or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. Dogs with lameness, gait abnormalities, mobility problems or arthritis will also benefit.
Hydrotherapy is most often used to treat the following conditions animals suffer from:
- gait disruption
- muscle stiffness
- muscle atrophy
- range-of-motion loss
- trouble using stairs
- spinal injury
- hip dysplasia
- weight problems
- coordination disorders
- overall physical deterioration
In addition, hydrotherapy is also used…
- in post-operative rehabilitation
- in retraining to compensate for nerve damage or other deficiencies
- in general conditioning programs
- to help prevent injuries
- to provide intensive conditioning for sports animals
- to provide calming, healing hydro-massage
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