AN ALTERNATE APPROACH TO PET’S HEALTH
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL REHABILITATION
In dogs and cats rehabilitation, human physical therapy techniques are being adapted to suit our animals. These techniques are designed to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals. Animal rehabilitation aids in reducing the pain and enhances recovery from injury, surgery, and age-related and degenerative diseases. In addition, it offers supportive therapy for obese pets.
The goal of any dogs and cats rehabilitation is to decrease pain, speed healing, and improve quality of life for pets through the many multi-discipline modalities of rehabilitation. While our use of therapy and rehabilitation is geared toward canines, techniques used in this discipline can also be applied to other animals.
WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR REHABILITATION
Patients that undergo surgery, such as fractures, rupture of a cruciate ligament, or neurologic conditions have changes to cartilage, bone, muscle, and tendons and ligaments. For example, dogs may lose one‐third of their muscle mass in the rear limb following surgery for a cranial cruciate ligament rupture and it may take over one year to regain the lost muscle tissue. With physical therapies, animals have shown an increased speed of recovery, a positive psychological effects for the pet and owner, an improved performance, quality of movement, strength and endurance.
For some animals after going through rehabilitation, they have improved biomechanics and flexibility as well. And reduced pain using non-invasive approaches with minimal complications that will prevent future injuries are some of the benefits of physical therapies.
RA Healing Centre Rehabilitation team provide the only certified animal rehabilitation center in Singapore providing hydrotherapy and beyond to aid your pet in their healing process.
THE SCIENCE OF ANIMAL REHABILITATION
CANINE DOG REHABILITATION
CONDITIONS POTENTIALLY BENEFITING FROM REHAB
EFFECT OF REHABILITATION
DVM Millis DL, Levine D, Brumlow M, Weigel JP: A Preliminary Study of Early Physical Therapy Following Surgery for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, pg. 39, 1997
CANINE REHABILITATION TECHNIQUES
WHAT WE DO AND DELIVER
In an animal physical therapy practice, a CCRP usually confers with the diagnosing veterinarian on the cause and severity of an animal’s condition to develop a specialized therapy plan on a client by client basis and adjust according every single session.
Each technique used in animal physical therapy has different benefits and not all techniques are useful for every condition. Also duration/cycles/tolerance of each different abilities of the animals differs depending on medical condition , we strongly do not encourage excessive rehabilitation plan which cause fatigue .
Physical therapy for orthopedic conditions can include any combination of the following techniques: Ultrasound therapy, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy (pool or/and treadmill), muscle building exercises electrical stimulation , Muscle mass massage , Sit and Stand exercises , TENS and strengthening exercises focusing on their various muscle group when muscle atrophy is noted .
Neurological conditions generally benefit the most from propioception exercises – balance and coordination , muscle building exercises, cold laser therapy, Aquatic Treadmill, Cavaletti poles weaving, passive range of motion , muscle memory training focusing on the loss or reduced of reflexes.
Surgical repairs and traumatic injuries are generally treated with Ultrasound or heat therapy after inflammation is subsided, TENS and Cryotherapy for pain and inflammation reduction, massage, Passive Range of motion exercises , NMES , and hydrotherapy (depending on condition and surgery done – Hydro pool swimming or Hydro Treadmill), strengthening and weight bearing exercises.
canine REHABILITATION process
FIND OUT WHAT WE DO
1. Vet Diagnostics
When you notice that your pet is not behaving normally or walking funny or in pain, bring them to a Vet immediately.
Proper image diagnostics will be carried out depending on initial evaluation done by your vet.
2. Vet Referral
At this point, your vet will be referring your pet’s medical case to us. However, if you do not have proper medical records, we can recommend to one of the vets that work closely with us in animals rehabilitation to assist us in your pet’s diagnostic.
3. Our Examination
When we have receive all the necessary medical history and diagnostic images, we will conduct a comprehensive orthopedic examination on pet. Should we discover other conditions, we will refer them back to your vet.
4. Rehabilitation Process
Once the proper medical condition has been established, a series of rehabilitation therapies will be planned in accordance to the seriousness of the injury. This includes non-invasive therapies such as proprioception exercises, therapeutic exercises, aquatic therapy, physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities.
5. Home Exercises
Rehabilitation does not stop at RA Healing Centre. Simple home exercises are recommended to further enhance the healing process of your pet
6. Vet Followups
We work closely with your vet to keep them in the loop. It is recommended that you visit your vet for more evaluation after 15 to 20 sessions of rehabilitation.
REHABILITATION IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN US AND YOUR VET