Have you ever tried walking in the water? Depending on how high the water is, you have a very different experience. If the water is up to your knees, it's very challenging to walk through the water. But, if the water is up to your shoulders, you are almost floating… and it's easier to walk.
With the underwater treadmill we are able to strengthen the patient's muscles and increase endurance with minimal compression on the joints due to the buoyancy of the water. For certain post-surgical and neurological patients we find this is a wonderful preliminary step towards regaining a normal gait pattern. We use warm water in the underwater treadmill which increases flexibility, mobility, and contractility of the muscles, as well as improves circulation.
For conditioning the canine athlete, the water level can be adjusted to provide the maximum amount of resistance. In addition, the water level can be raised so that the dog is actually swimming. The underwater treadmill has jets which can create resistance thereby making the workout more challenging; or it can provide an underwater massage at the end of the workout. Additionally, we can control variables such as water level, speed and resistance allowing for a truly individualized, client specific rehabilitation program.
The underwater treadmill is beneficial for a number of conditions including:
- Super Seniors
- Weight Loss
At Aqua Dog we have the Jog A Dog land treadmill fabricated specifically for dogs. The treadmill is an invaluable tool for gait training (especially with neurological and post-surgical patients). While on the treadmill, we can manually assist dogs that are not walking independently. The treadmill is often used in later stages of recovery. Because we can control the time, speed, resistance, and elevation of the treadmill, a tailored program can be developed for each individual client and their specific needs. The treadmill is also an important part of a well rounded conditioning program for healthy canine athletes.
After a long, stressful day at work nothing feels quite like a neck massage. At Aqua Dog we use a variety of therapeutic massage techniques to address musculoskeletal dysfunction. The benefits of therapeutic massage include pain reduction, improved circulation, and a reduction in muscle knots and spasms. In addition, therapeutic massage decreases stress and has a calming affect on patients.
At Aqua Dog we teach our clients strengthening, endurance and proprioceptive (knowing where the body is in space) exercises. We offer a wide variety of exercise equipment including balance boards, physioballs, physiorolls and cavaletti poles. We believe that you, the owner, are the most important member of your best friend's rehabilitation team.
We will always develop a customized home exercise program to enhance your dog's recovery. We pride ourselves on providing personalized exercise programs which are easy to follow, will easily fit into your daily routine and will speed your best friend's recovery time.
Low Level Laser Therapy (a/k/a Cold Laser)
Lasers emit energy in the form of photons. Photons activate enzymes within cells to trigger chemical reactions that: increase tissue repair; stimulate cell growth; increase wound healing; decrease scar formation; improve circulation; increase metabolic activity; improve nerve function; are anti-inflammatory and analgesic (decrease pain). Lasers are beneficial for a wide variety of conditions including: arthritis; muscle/ligament/tendon injuries; sprains and strains; post-surgical and soft tissue trauma and ulcerated and open wounds.
At Aqua Dog we use two forms of electrical stimulation:
TENS: Many of us have been prescribed a TENS machine by a health care provider to help manage pain. A TENS machine uses electric current to stimulate specific nerve pathways which block pain signals. TENS primary benefit is to provide pain relief. It is often used post-surgically and with chronic conditions to manage pain.
NMES: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation ("NMES") uses a low level electrical current to cause muscle contractions. NMES is used to prevent muscle atrophy with paretic dogs, post-surgery, in non-weightbearing limbs and for muscle re-education.
We already know that heat feels great and provides many benefits to tissues. Ultrasound consists of mechanical vibrations (sound waves) which results in heating of deeper tissues. The benefits of ultrasound include pain relief, reducing muscle spasms, promoting healing, and increasing elasticity of joint capsules, ligaments, tendons and scars.
Pulsed ultrasound is the treatment of choice for tendonitis. Some of the more common conditions we successfully treat are patellar, iliopsoas, biceps, teres major, teres minor, supraspinatous, infraspiinatous tendonitis.
Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy)
You slip, fall and land on your knee. What is the first thing everyone tells you to do? Grab an ice pack! Cryotherapy has been proven to decrease swelling, inflammation, and the perception of pain. Cold therapy has the best results when applied to an acute injury or immediately after surgery (within the first 72 hours). Cryotherapy can be applied in the form of ice packs or ice massage.
We all know how good it feels to apply a hot pack to sore muscles!! Therapeutic heat has multiple benefits including: increased elasticity of tissues, increased blood flow, decreased pain, increased enzyme activity to promote healing and increased muscle contractility. Heat therapy is recommended 72 hours after injury or surgery. Heat therapy can be applied in the form of hot packs or moist towels.