WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY
FIND OUT HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY WORKS
WHAT IS CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Canine Physical Therapy, also commonly known as canine physiotherapy or canine rehabilitation, is to assist recovery and it is now well-accepted practice in human medicine and surgery. More recently, great strides have been made in identifying similar methods to help our veterinary patients. The therapy targets restoration of physical function; for example, the abiltiy to walk in a previously paralyzed patient. Physical rehabilitation involved numerous techniques including manipulation, electrotherapy (therpeutic laser, ultrasound and electrical stimulation), hydrotherapy, hydro treadmill and exercise. Physical rehabilitation can promote a more rapid recovery from neurological or orthopedic disorders and surgery, helping to avoid complications associated with prolonged bed rest. In otherwise healthy patients, this therapy can improve or maintain strength, stamina and body condition.
WHAT IS THE PROPER PROCESS OF CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY?
An initial evaluation needs to be performed by either a canine rehabilitation practitioner or a Veterinarian who has additional training in Canine Rehabilitation. This evaluation consist of a full body musculoskeletal and neuromuscular evaluation. This specialized, comprehensive, hands-on examination gives the practitioner information needed to develop an individualized treatment plan for your dog’s specific problem(s). The practitioner or veterinarian should discuss management options wit you and determine a schedule of visits.
Some rehabilitation activities could exacerbate your pet’s injury. Without this thorough initial evaluation and appropriate recommendations for home exercises, you may injure your pet by asking them to do too much too early or in an uncontrolled way. Although your pet’s surgeon may have some knowledge about veterinary rehabilitation, the focus of their practice is surgery. What physical therapists do is to management pain, increase range of motion and regain mobility. While most Veterinarian may be able to make some initial suggestions to begin rehabilitation, such as the common “silver bullet hydrotherapy”, a canine rehabilitation practitioner initial evaluations are rehabilitation specific and key to the success of patients.
Post-operative patients might initially be managed as inpatients, but the majority of treatments are perforemd on an outpatient day-care basis. The education of owners to perform simple strength and coordination exercises at home is an important role in canine rehabilitation. The response to rehabilitation is monitored by your attending board-certified neurologist, nutritionist, or surgeon.
BENEFITS OF CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY AND REHABILITATION
Pain and muscle growth
- Reduce pain
- Restore and maintain range of joint motion and normal movement patterns
- Build muscle mass during recovery from injury or surgery
- Allow safe and controlled activity during the recovery period
- Promote the healing process
overall well being
- Increase cardiovascular fitness
- Combat obesity, in association with correct diet
- Improve overall quality of life