Underwater treadmill / hydrotherapy

Underwater treadmill therapy (AKA Hydrotherapy) is perhaps one of the most beneficial therapies used in rehabilitation medicine. The warm water increases circulation and decreases pain while the buoyancy helps take some of the weight off of ailing bones or joints so your pet can exercise and build strength. The height of the water is adjusted based on how much support a patient needs. Patients that are recovering from paralysis may have the water up to shoulder level (and always have the support of a life jacket and a staff member in the treadmill) for maximum buoyancy while a training athlete may have the water up to the elbows and be asked to walk through the resistance of the water, creating excellent cardiovascular and strengthening exercise.

Would my pet actually walk in water, you ask? It is incredible how quickly pets get used to the treadmill – most are acclimated after only 1 or 2 sessions. We use owner encouragement and treats to keep them motivated and walking. The process can be fun for all!

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Therapeutic LASER

The therapeutic or ‘cold’ LASER uses of light energy to stimulate the natural healing properties of tissues. This LASER light energy decreases tissue inflammation, decreases pain, improves wound healing, and increases circulation. LASER can be even be used after surgical procedures to help decrease scar formation along the incision site as well as along the muscles or joints to alleviate pain commonly seen with musculoskeletal injuries. We have carefully selected the Cutting Edge Mphi MLS Laser for our patients because it is the most advanced therapy laser on the market today, it comes with many years of validated research, and is FDA approved. The technology delivers patented continuous and pulsated emissions for broad-spectrum anti-inflammatory and analgesic treatment with a safety margin that is second to none. We are pleased to report that many arthritic pets reduce if not discontinue use of oral pain medications with the proper treatment schedule of this non-invasive therapy.

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

The therapeutic ultrasound emits sound waves that stimulate cells and promote healing. The benefits of this therapy include increased circulation, decreased scar tissue formation, decreased pain, and decreased muscle spasms. This unique therapy is ideal for tendon and muscle injury.
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Electrical Stimulation

There are two common types of electrical stimulation used in rehabilitation therapy. The first is called NMES which stands for neuromuscular electrical nerve stimulation and the second is TENS which stands for transcutaneous nerve stimulation. E-stim is the use of an electrical current to stimulate the muscles and nerves of the body. The stimulation of muscles results in a muscle contraction. This can be especially beneficial in patients with neurological condition to help combat muscle wasting and strengthen muscles. We can also use this modality to increase blood circulation and alleviate pain.

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Land Treadmill

As with people, a treadmill can be a beneficial tool to help with strength and endurance training. Our treadmill is a lot longer than at your local gym and designed specifically for dogs, which accommodate all breeds from poodles to golden retrievers. We can utilize the incline feature to target train either the front limbs or rear limbs if medically indicated.

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Massage and passive range of motion improve circulation, flexibility, joint mobility and overall joint health. The motions can be relaxing for your pet and do not have to place any stress on the joints. Depending on the specific needs of your pet’s condition, we’ll train you to perform these exercises at home so therapy can continue even when you aren’t in the rehab center.
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Cold therapy / Heat therapy

Gentle cooling of inflamed tissues and joints helps reduce pain and swelling, while moist heat relieves stiffness and improves flexibility before exercise. Cold and heat therapy are common adjuncts to treatment plans in the rehab center, but please allow us to train you on safe and effective practices before you try these out at home.
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Manual Therapy

We use our hands for gentle manipulation to improve joint function and joint health. We concentrate on the animal's entire body to correct problems that may have developed because of changes in gait or posture. Some improvements can be made immediately before your eyes while others are more subtle, but even during your pet’s first examination, manual therapies will be started to relieve any scar tissue or restrictions that may be identified.
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Home exercise program

Cookie stretches, backwards walking, sit to stands, up-sitting, and tummy rubs are all names of common therapeutic exercises that might be used to help your pet. Therapeutic exercises include a variety of active stretches with and without exercise equipment. These exercises can be used to improve your pet’s balance and coordination, strengthen his/her muscles and improve overall body conditioning. These exercises are performed within our facilities but we also will design an exercise plan for you to continue at home.
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Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins  and cortisol.  Although many of acupuncture’s physiological effects have been studied, many more are still unknown.

Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis or neurologic compromise and pain. The following are some of the conditions which may be treated with acupuncture (and variations including electroacupuncture and aquapuncture).

  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Traumatic nerve injury
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
  • Musculoskeletal problems such as sore backs
  • Minor sports injuries

Regular acupuncture can even keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury.  Athletes often use acupuncture as a routine part of their training. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.

Vet-REC is happy to offer acupuncture by appointment  - please call 704-821-7161 to schedule.

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