NMES or TENS are electrode pads are placed in a deliberate muscular orientation and controlled by a unit to cause muscle contractions. The sensation the pads create help block the pain signal to the dogs brain. This can be used for pain modulation, as well as promoting muscle activation as your dog continues to learn how to activate their muscles on their own.
Cold laser for dogs (low level laser therapy) is a targeted infrared light that stimulates the cells to increase blood flow, promote tissue healing, decrease inflammation and reduce pain. It is called cold laser because no heat is associated with it, your pup will not feel anything with this treatment.
Stretching is an important technique to address muscle tightness that may be because of an injury, or compensation from a painful or dysfunctional area. Each joint of the body has certain ways it needs to move to be functional in the body as a whole. Many times as we age or change activity level (becoming more or less active), these joints do not move as freely as they need to avoid additional compensations from somewhere else.
Massage is a form of soft tissue mobilization, but there are many different types of massage techniques. Addressing soft tissue restrictions from overuse, injury or tightness is vital to allowing muscular balance throughout the whole body. Manual therapies have been shown to help immediately reduce pain and increase range of motion.
Just as humans need to work on their balance and body awareness, so do our dogs. We utilize different techniques to increase your dog’s awareness and balance on stable and unstable surfaces, picking up one or two legs all of which help encouraging weight distribution and normalize gait (walking) mechanics. Ever do a plank as part of a work out? Well your dog is basically doing it all day long, but as they age or are recovering from injury their core muscles can become weaker which can lead to further back pain and difficulty moving.
We will develop an individualized exercise selection targeting your dog’s specific needs. This may include: range of motion activities, single limb strengthening and functional mobility (think doggy squats).
Home exercises you will be completing with your dog that may include, but are not limited to, gentle range of motion, massage and exercises. Not only will this help decrease your dog’s pain and increase their strength, but it will provide additional bonding time between you and your pet, strengthening an already great relationship.
It is an individualized rehabilitation program for your dog!! Following the initial evaluation, Dr Kat will develop a plan of care directed towards you and your pet's needs and goals. This will include pain management, and exercises for you and your dog to complete in home regularly.