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Understanding Canine Rehabilitation.
Treatment and core strength enhancement for improved health & performance
Prevention is always better than cure - most of our fit healthy dogs do actually have some weaknesses that may not be evident in their performance and not have caused injury. Sub clinical issues, that is to say issues that cannot be seen to be causing a problem may be lurking in the background ready to hit unexpectedly or cause a slow reduction in performance ability over time, just like a niggling strain that just won’t heal completely. Many dogs have been retired from competition due to a drop in performance and keenness. We at PawDimensions have devised a unique way to assess dogs using hands on techniques, diagnostic exercises and slow motion assessment to really see how well your dog is actually performing. We will then target the areas with physical therapy and write tailored exercise programmes to develop and strengthen the weaker areas. This can dramatically improve performance and physical health helping your dog to have the competitive edge and a longer active life.
Physical rehabilitation is the treatment of injury or illness to decrease pain and restore correct function where possible.
Rest alone after injury or operation does not usually allow the body to return back to normal function, it needs some help. Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible after injury to kick start the healing process and prevent the compensatory effects. Rehabilitation practitioners treats acute injuries soon after they have occurred and chronic injuries or diseases that have been affecting your pet for a long time. We work closely with your vet to design the correct and most beneficial achievable treatment plan for you and your dog.
Joint replacements - faster adaptation, improves coordination & strength
Fractures - faster recovery, prevents muscle contracture
Cruciate injury - speeds and improves recovery, restores extension, decreases inflammation
Amputation - adaptation, builds supporting muscles, management of pain
Shoulder OCD - increased mobility, strengthening
Elbow dysplasia - increased mobility, decreased inflammation, strengthening
Joint dislocation - strengthens supporting muscles & ligaments,
Patellar luxation - strengthening of quadriceps, prevents reinjury
Tendon injury - increased range of motion and strength, decreaed inflammation and scar tissue
Peripheral nerve injury - speeds recovery, functional adaptation,
Neuromuscular disease - strengthening, adaptation, pain management
Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE) - can hasten recovery, improve coordination
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) - helps to maintain muscle function and prolong life
Osteoarthritis - increased mobility, range of motion, decreased inflammation and need for medications
Obesity - weight loss programs can be designed for each individual
Hip dysplasia - builds supporting muscle mass, increased mobility & comfort
Muscle injuries - speeds healing, decreases inflammation, prevents scarring, restores normal functional length
Back injuries - increased muscle support to prevent reinjury, manage pain
Spinal injury/IVDD - decreased spasticity, pain management, earlier ambulation
Spondylosis - manage pain, maintain flexibility and strength
Arthrodesis - faster adaptation, support of surrounding joints
Cauda Equina Syndrome - manages pain, maintains strength and function
Vestibular disorders - improves balance and coordination, decreases injury