Hydrotherapy, such as swimming in warm circulating water, or walking on an underwater treadmill, provides buoyancy while reducing pain on injured joints. The warm water causes vasodilation and increases blood flow to the tissue, helping to decrease pain in the muscles and joints. The hydrostatic pressure of the water provides body awareness that is beneficial in older dogs or those suffering from neurologic disease. The resistance of the water also improves strength as the pet swims or walks against the water. Patients with skin issues, UTI, urinary or fecal incontinence, will not be permitted in the water to prevent contamination to other pateints. Caution is used on patients with severe heart or respiratory disease, and alternative modalities may be recommended for your pet.
Therapeutic Exercise is used in animal rehabilitation to help strengthen weakened muscles that may be associated with an injury or post-operative recovery. Arthritis also causes pain in the joints leading to weakness in the muscles. Therapeutic exercises help improve strength and mobility in arthritic pets, and pets recovering from surgery or injury.
Massage and Manual Therapy
Massage and manual therapies are used to alleviate taut muscles and improve circulation to the tissues. Massage brings blood flow to the tissue, providing oxygen and nutrients to the area. Massage can reduce pain by decreasing muscle spasms and improve the flexibility of joints. Massage also decreases stress and anxiety that can exaggerate pain. Passive range of motion is performed to reduce joint restriction of those pets suffering from arthritis to help improve mobility.
Laser therapy, also referred to as Low-Level Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation uses light to stimulate specific cells to reduce inflammation and pain associated with inflammation. The laser also helps to regenerate damaged tissue by restoring function. Laser is used on pets experiencing arthritis, recovering from surgical procedures, or soft tissue injuries. Pets with neurologic diseases like Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) or degenerative myelopathy benefit from laser to help regenerate nerve function. Not all patients are candidates for laser, so your veterinarian will let you know if the laser is recommended for your pet.
Thermal Therapy, such as heat and cryotherapy, is often used to improve circulation or decrease inflammation and swelling. Ice is often used after acute injuries or surgical procedures to help reduce pain and swelling. Heat can be added to muscles or stiff joints of an arthritic pet to provide circulation to the tissues and joints. Heat is also used to alleviate taut muscles and reduce muscle spasms to improve flexibility.
TENS, which stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, uses an electrical current applied to a painful area to inhibit the sensory response to pain. Most pets who benefit from electrical stimulation are those with arthritis, recovering from surgical procedures, or have soft tissue injuries or trauma. E-stim, also referred to as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), can be used on patients who experience
muscle weakness or atrophy to stimulate the muscles and encourage muscle re-education. Contraindications of electrotherapy are patients with seizure disorders, heart disease, cancer, or pregnancy.
At Pawquatic, we believe that your pet should have a positive experience filled with lots of good experiences and treats. Our staff is trained to understand your pet’s behavioral needs and works with your pet to provide a stress-free environment. We encourage you to bring high-value treats or toys if your pet has specific food requirements to ensure a
good experience for your pet.