Rehabilitation Services

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HYDROTHERAPY

Water is a fabulous environment in which to exercise. The principle of buoyancy combined with that of resistance make this a most unique and safe method of rehabilitation.

We have a temperature controlled hydro pool circuit that provides an opportunity to strengthen and tone muscles with little to no pressure on the patient’s joints. The warmth of the water helps to increase flexibility and mobility of muscles, tendons, ligaments that surround the joints as well as enhance circulation.

It is not unusual for an animal that is not using a limb on land to use it when walking in the water. They often use it in an exaggerated motion which adds to the therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy.

Our pet physiotherapist will formulate a therapeutic plan specific to your pets condition.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

  • Comfortable Movement
  • Earlier Return to Function
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • Increased Cardiovascular Stamina
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education
  • Weight Loss
  • Increase in Patient’s Self Confidence

COLD LASER THERAPY/ LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY

LLLT is used to increase quality and strength of tissue repair, decrease inflammation and give pain relief. The effects are photochemical, not thermal and happen at the cellular level. Benefits include faster wound healing, increased vascular activity, stimulated nerve function, reduction of scar formation, and decreased inflammation.

Indications for Low Level Laser Therapy:

  • Wound management
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Acupuncture

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES

We evaluate each patient and design a set of exercises that are most effective in that patient’s rehabilitation. These are designed to achieve the goals set for that patient’s recovery. Exercises may be directed at helping the patient with strengthening specific muscles or stretching to increase flexibility or learning how to regain the feeling and use of a foot or limb. We demonstrate each activity in our centre and teach our clients to perform these at home on a prescribed schedule.

MASSAGE

Massage is not petting. Massage is a focused, intentional, and deliberate touch of a variety of stokes. Massage is a non-invasive way to improve your pet’s health. Massage utilizes soft tissue manipulation to achieve different goals such as relaxation, stimulation, and relief of muscle problems. It allows the body to function efficiently. Massage increases circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Massage provides relief from many common ailments as well as enhances performance.

What Massage can do:

  • increase circulation & oxygenation to the cells of the body
  • decrease pain, soreness & stiffness
  • restore muscle tone
  • improve muscle function
  • increase flexibility & range of motion
  • relaxation and stress reduction

Dogs that may Benefit from Massage:

  • arthritis
  • hindquarter weakness
  • aging and inactivity
  • compensatory patterns due to structural imbalances/poor conformation

FORCEPLATE ANALYSIS

This device allows us to clinically diagnose and measure improvements in gait, posture, and movement. Our centre is primarily a research centre and hence the data collected from your pets therapy is essential in ensuring that our rehab therapy is targeted towards a good clinical outcome.

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