- NEW!!! Acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and underwater treadmill (hydrotherapy) are now offered at our rehab facility in Elk Rapids Animal Hospital
- Hydrotherapy (Underwater Treadmill): The combination of warm water, buoyancy, and resistance creates improved joint range of motion, endurance, muscle development, and heightened proprioception for neurological re-education. Each treadmill session is personalized by adjusting the treadmill speed, water height, time, and distance. Some patients may benefit from just swimming in the tank with higher levels of water. **Certain rules apply** Please contact our therapists to ensure this will be a safe means of exercise for your pet.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture uses the small needles inserted on specific anatomical locations to produce a healing response. Each point creates a specific reaction. This modality is well proven to aid in pain management, inflammation, and sometimes metabolic issues.
- Massage and stretching: The benefits of massage have been well documented in human and animal medicine. A therapeutic massage will open blood vessels to improve circulation, enhance relaxation, ease trigger points, and potentially help the therapist locate troublesome areas.
- Therapeutic laser: Low level laser therapy is a non-invasive tool that boosts cell metabolism and increases circulation. Some of the numerous benefits include: bone repair, wound healing, reduction of inflammation, and tendon/ligament repair. LLL Therapy can also improve nerve function by enhancing nerve cell connection and regeneration. Treatments last apx 20 minutes and can be quite relaxing!
- Balance and proprioception training: Balance work helps the patient maintain their center of gravity while working on strengthening different regions/muscles. As you may know, the more balance we have, the less we fall down! Proprioception work helps the patient understand where/how their feet are placed while standing and walking. Some orthopedic and neurologic conditions can interrupt nerve "messages" that control feet placement. During this interruption, a patient may experience further injury or delayed healing. Specific exercises can help retrain the limb while strengthening it at the same time.
- Therapeutic plan development and implementation training: Some of the most challenging exercises may seem easy to you and me, but to an injured patient they can actually be quite difficult. One of the most valuable tools in veterinary rehabilitation is the creation of a specific exercise (or group of exercises) for a patient's specific condition. Because conditions change, the performance of these exercises are monitored closely and tailored as changes occur. As part of the planning process, training for the human counterpart is a necessity and hands on guidance is available every step of the way. Most dogs find the exercise sessions so much fun that we can hardly call it exercise!
- TENS: An application of electrical current through the skin, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is used primarily to manage pain. A small, battery operated TENS unit delivers an electrical current through the skin and provides temporary pain relief.
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