Laser uses light energy to promote healing of injured tissues, including cartilage, tendons, and muscle. Laser offers similar anti-inflammatory effects as some medications, so it may be helpful in reducing the amount of medication your pet needs. It is also good for pain management and reduces swelling.
Resistance – Water provides resistance to movement. This resistance helps build muscle strength and endurance. It also makes dogs exaggerate their normal gait, increasing range of motion in a functional way.
Buoyancy is the upward thrust that water places on a submerged body. This allows dogs to bear less weight on their limbs as they exercise, making the exercise low impact.
Buoyancy helps the dog to stand. Resistance of the water helps with strengthening the muscles
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS) and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulators (NMES) both use electricity to stimulate nerves.
TENS stimulates sensory nerves to help control pain.
NMES stimulates motor nerves to cause muscle contraction to help with early strengthening.
Exercises on various pieces of equipment can be chosen to improve:
- Range of motion, allowing specific muscles to stretch
- Balance and core strength
- Proprioception (limb awareness)
- Strength, targeting a specific limb or group of muscles
Your pet’s exercises will be personalized to his or her individual needs.