Canine Therapy & Rehab
One of the newest services offered in veterinary medicine is canine rehabilitation. This field is comparable to human physical therapy. It utilizes different modalities, exercises, and knowledge to achieve positive outcomes in canine patients. The benefits of rehabilitation are many and include:
- Decreased pain
- Increased strength and function of muscles
- Increased range of motion of joints
- Weight loss
- Increased success rate after orthopedic surgery
- Conditioning of athletes
- Enhanced performance
- And improved quality of life!
Modalities offered at Fredonia Veterinary Clinic:
- Passive Range of Motion - increases joint mobility
- Neuromuscular Stimulation (NMES) - strengthens muscles in non-ambulatory patients and prevents muscle loss post-surgery or injury
- Weight loss programs
- Therapeutic exercises
- Cavaletti poles
- Wave exercises
- Ball work, balance and wobble boards
- Custom home exercises and owner education
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments known. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is thought to release "blockages" in "energy channels" of the body. In modern scientific terms, acupuncture needling has been found to cause the release of the body's own chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain which ultimately lead to pain relief, healing, and relaxation. Treatment times vary (5-20 minutes on average). Acupuncture needles are very thin and sterile and are relatively painless (although occasionally certain spots can be sensitive). Multiple needles will be placed in specific locations depending on the animal's specific condition. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, so several sessions are often necessary at first and then tapered down as needed for maintenance. Many conditions respond to acupuncture. It can be used as treatment for various conditions affecting the musculoskeletal, neurologic, gastrointestinal systems, skin, stress, and more. Sometimes it is beneficial to use laser therapy in conjunction with acupuncture.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT or "Cold Laser") is a modality available at Fredonia Veterinary Clinic. Laser therapy has a variety of applications in healing and rehabilitation.
Specific wavelengths are used to stimulate cells to provide pain relief, decrease inflammation, increase tissue repair, improve circulation, decrease scar tissue, and enhance wound healing. Our veterinarians are happy to discuss how these therapies in conjunction with traditional medicine may help your animal heal.