Physical rehabilitation functions to increase your pet's range of motion, improve balance and overall muscle strength, and reduce pain. My rehabilitation program helps to ease the affects of disease or physical weakness by means of special physical exercises, massage, heat/cold therapy, electrotherapy, and/or ultrasound therapy. This therapy is helpful in treating pets with neurological diseases, hip pain, soft tissue sprains/strains, and arthritis, as well as those recovering from orthopedic surgery. Any animal experiencing stiffness, trauma, pain, muscle atrophy, imbalance, or inflammation can benefit.
Benefits of Rehabilitation Include:
Promote faster healing and recovery time from illness and surgery
Physical rehabilitation in animals is based on similar principles as therapy in people. Depending on the condition being treated, various exercises are performed to increase range of motion, improve balance, and overall strengthen muscles. Pain reduction is also an important part of rehab and can be accomplished with a variety of mechanisms such as massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and ice/heat therapy. Initially rehab treatments may be aimed towards decreasing pain and inflammation; then improving range of motion and balance; and, later, improving performance, stamina and muscle size. What are some typical exercises? One of the most important early exercises involves passive range-of-motion. This exercise targets specific joints or muscles with limited flexibility and, by doing repetitive stretches several times a day, improves range of motion and flexibility. Several weeks later active exercises can be added, such as weight shifting, balancing exercises, and sit-to-stands. As balance and strength return, more challenging exercises can be introduced, such as Cavaletti or obstacle courses. Rehab is also very helpful when recovering from orthopedic and neurologic/spine surgery. In such cases, rehabilitation is geared toward healing and recovery in a controlled manner over a period of several months to achieve the best possible surgical outcome. In addition, various neurological diseases, soft tissue sprains/strains, or any condition involving stiffness, trauma, pain, muscle atrophy, imbalance, or inflammation will also benefit from rehab. Secondary or compensatory problems will also often improve as primary problems are addressed.
Dr. Jamie Mabeus, DC, CVSMT, CVMRT Certified Animal Chiropractor Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian or doctor. Your pet's medical protocol should be given by your veterinarian. Dr. Jamie Mabeus is a licensed chiropractor who completed 226 hours of post graduate education specifically in animal chiropractic and an additional 142 hours in veterinary rehabilitation and massage, emphasizing functional neurology, muscular and osseous anatomy specific to large and small animals. Additionally, chiropractic care is a complementary method of care and does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. All of Dr. Jamie’s patients are required to stay up-to-date with their veterinarian. Veterinary referral and consent is required prior to treatment with Dr. Jamie.