PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR ANIMALS
CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY | REHABILITATION | HYDROTHERAPY
In memories of all immobile dogs that were not given a second chance
AN ALTERNATE APPROACH TO PET’S HEALTH
IT IS NOT JUST HYDROTHERAPHY
Physical therapy for canines, or canine rehabilitation, adapts human physical therapy techniques to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals. Animal rehabilitation can reduce pain and enhance recovery from injury, surgery, degenerative diseases, age-related diseases, and obesity.
The goal of physical therapy for animals is to improve quality of life and decrease pain. Most veterinary practices here in Singapore does not offer physical therapies geared toward canines hence we saw the need of setting up Singapore’s first Canine Rehabilitation Centre, integrating other aspects such as Hyperbaric Oxygen.
The benefits of physical therapy for animals have been widely accepted in the veterinary community for many years. However, clinical practice of physical therapy for animals is a relatively new field in the U.S. In Europe, equine and canine physical therapy have been widely recommended and used for at least the last fifteen years. In the last three to five years, the veterinary community in the U.S. has seen a large growth in physical therapy practices for animals, making it a more available resource for practicing veterinarians. This growth in the availability of canine physical therapy is forcing a change in focus in many veterinary practices from curative and palliative care to preventive care. An example of this is the push for the use of animal physical therapy for weight reduction in obese animals. Weight reduction can reduce the risk of developing many degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and Degeneration Joint Diseases.
CANINE DOG REHABILITATION
THE APPROACHES AND GOALS
In an animal physical therapy practice, a CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) 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. Each technique used in animal physical therapy has different benefits and not all techniques are useful for each condition. Physical therapy for orthopedic conditions can include any combination of the following techniques: thermotherapy, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, muscle building exercises electrical stimulation and coordination exercises. Neurological conditions generally benefit the most from balance and coordination building exercises, muscle building exercises, electrical stimulation and hydrotherapy. Surgical repairs and traumatic injuries are generally treated with heat therapy, cryotherapy, massage, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy