Physiotherapy for Pets
canine physical therapy & hydrotherapy
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR PETS
Physiotherapy, which is more commonly known as physical therapy or canine rehabilitation, involves adapting human physical therapy techniques to increase the function and mobility of your dog’s joints and muscles.
Canine Rehabilitation exercises lessen pain, strengthen muscles, and speed up the recovery process, helping the body to get back into shape after a traumatic event.
This is increasingly prescribed for canine companions by veterinarians in Singapore to address issues such as mobility, pain, and joint damage due to orthopedic surgery, musculoskeletal injury, arthritis, obesity, paralysis, neurological disease, and more.
THE MODALITIES OF CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY
The Stance Analyzer allows our canine physiotherapist and veterinarians to perform an objective measurement of progression from an accurate weight bearing and shifting analysis, allowing us to refine treatment during sessions.
COLD LASER (LLLT)
Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up. Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (Class 3 LLLT).
Therapeutic exercise is one of the most valuable modalities used in canine physical rehabilitation. Some common goals of therapeutic exercise are to improve active pain-free range of motion, muscle mass and muscle strength, balance, performance with daily function, aerobic capacity, help prevent further injury, and to reduce lameness.
NMES & TENS
Muscle building is done with NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation), which stimulates muscle contraction and recruitment using electrical impulses via a motor nerve. Transuctaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is actually another form of NMES except it aims to relieve pain instead of building muscles. This is done by placing the electrode over a trigger point rather than a motor point.
THERMO & CRYO THERAPY
Cryotherapy is one of the oldest methods of physical therapy used during acute phase injury. Cold causes vasoconstriction, decreased blood flow slowing edema formation, decreased swelling, reduced enzyme-mediated tissue damage and analgesia. Cryotherapy inhibits proteases, collagenases, and hyaluronidase decreasing acute phase proteins and inflammatory process.
Hyperbaric therapy is able to increase tissue oxygen levels in diseased tissue which improves and speeds healing, improves the body’s ability to fight infections, and reduces inflammation and swelling. At the pressures used in the hyperbaric chamber, the veterinary patient’s plasma and tissue oxygen level is 15 times greater than is normally present with 100 percent oxygen at sea level.
Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine.
TESTIMONALS FROM CLIENTS
Really thankful for RA healing for helping my boy prince. Prince is a very hyper active boy but the therapist always got their way to calm him down. Prince had a patella surgery & could barely walk even after the surgery. So when he first visit RA, He couldn’t even stand properly, however after only a few months of physio & hydrotherapy, he is back on his feet & even swim like a shark now.Jowell Chua
I can’t tell you how much I trust the therapists at RA. Chris and Karen have both showed me the best attitude anyone could show in the line of service. They go above and beyond the call of duty. Please check this therapy centre out if your dog is in need of any assistance. If your pet shows you any signs that something is a miss, have a consultation with the team at RA. I am glad I did and my 11 year old now plays like a 6 year old. I am sure that Ra has improved my pet’s quality of life, eased his pain ,even build his water confidence and increased his trust in us humans. Thank you team Ra and keep doing what you do! You have saved many pets and humans from a lot of distress!Rihan Alex
My 17.5 yr old Toffee was not even able to sit or stand on her own, nor could she eat properly, before she came to Ra Healing Centre. With the love and care from the therapists there, mainly Karen, Wilson, Chris and XY, she has recovered some strength in her leg and spinal muscles and is now able to sit on her own and even walk a few steps without help. Through the cold-laser therapy, swimming in absinthe salt water and hydro-treadmill routines, she has shown tremendous signa of improvement, and her appetitie gets better by the day. Big thanks to the team at Ra Healing Centre for their love and commitment to my beloved’s recovery.
We took our 9 months old Golden Retriever ‘Glory’ to this place to learn how to swim, how to enjoy the pool. Why? We took her to a friend’s pool and she jumped without hesitation but immediately then strated to sink and panic set in. She made her way to the side of the pool and wanted to come out immediately. So we realized we needed like a kid to give her swimming lessons. Karen and Chris the staff at ‘Ra’ are just exceptional…genuine dog lovers…whom love what they do! I cannot more strongly recommend them to anyone wanted physio treatment or swimming lessons for their dog.Leslie Choudhury
I was devastated when Junior, my 6yo sheltie is diagnosed with HD in March. Decided to send him to RA Healing. Before the therapy sessions, he was sore all over and dragging his hind legs to walk. But now after 3 months wif much TLC and receiving professional help/ therapy from the team of RA Healing, he’s definitely doing so much better, active and needless to say, naughtier! Love the patience and care from the Therapists and services are excellent ! Thank you Karen, Christopher, Lester and colleagues. My gratitude is beyond words ! ������
My Shetland sheepdog is diagnosed with luxating patella grade 3 and she’s doing well so far in ra centre together with their therapists… I wanna thank Karen and Christopher for their patience and care towards Casey!