Animal rehabilitation therapy benefits a variety of conditions from preventative therapy to post-operative recovery and maintenance therapy. Treatments rely on scientific and evidence based techniques and tools.
Small animals, dogs and cats mainly, can be treated after surgery to enhance recovery and full use of the body or limb. Surgical cases that benefit from rehabilitation include a range of orthopaedic conditions. This includes, but is not limited to cruciate corrections, joint fusions, femoral head arthroplasty/replacement and joint OCD corrections. Orthopaedic cases that are conservatively managed will also benefit greatly from therapy. Therapy is aimed at enhancing healing of the surgical area and guiding the animal towards normal function, while preventing harmful compensatory patterns in muscles and joints.
Rehabilitation, in combination with veterinary attention, increases the success rate of conservative and surgical neurological cases in small animals. The main focus is to speed up healing and return to function by neural and muscular reactivation.
All dogs can benefit from preventative and maintenance therapy, including working and sports dogs. Geriatric animals may benefit by reducing pain caused by chronic conditions such as arthritis. The aim is to reduce the effects of compensatory patterns in the body’s musculoskeletal system, as well as maintaining function to improve quality of life.
Horses benefit from prevention of musculoskeletal injuries or treatment thereof. Injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles require adequate blood circulation, oxygen and a stimulus for the fibres to heal in the right alignment. Maintenance treatment in athletic horses is aimed at keeping the horses supple, enabling them to perform at their best for longer.