What set us apart

The practice of applying rehabilitation techniques, long used in human medicine, to the animal population is an ever growing field worldwide.  At The Canine Rehab Centre, your pet will receive a comprehensive evaluation by our certified canine rehabilitation practitioner on their first visit. This in-depth evaluation can include measurements of their joint range of motion, assessment of any muscle atrophy, palpation to assess painful areas as well as an analysis of their mobility. It is often times during this evaluation that we discover secondary issues which may have developed as your pet was trying to compensate for an injury. The information gathered in this evaluation will then be used to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your pets needs.  We can use a variety of techniques to help your pet get back to living its best life.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the backbone of a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Simply put, it is the hands on assessment and treatment of the spine, joints and muscles. Manual therapy can encompass massage, mobilizations ( both joint and soft tissue) and myofascial techniques. The ability to perform manual therapy takes specific training in human as well as the canine population. Often times the effects of these treatments can be seen (and felt!) immediately.

 

Laser Therapy

Laser light therapy uses a non-invasive laser device which emits specific doses and wavelengths of light. The laser uses light to enhance and speed up the natural healing processes. This is done by applying the laser to the skin of the affected area(s). The laser light travels through the tissues, where it interacts with specific molecules leading to several different and positive biological effects which triggers a faster healing of cells. It also encourages the release of endorphins to relieve pain while your pet feels nothing but a soothing warmth.

The Canine Rehab Centre is the only location on the Gold Coast using a Class 4 laser. The class 4 laser allows for the delivery of multiple wavelengths simultaneously, therefore, being able to treat several depths of tissue. This class laser can effectively treat osteoarthritis,  promote post surgical healing and also be used in wound care as well as many other conditions.

 

Ultrasound Therapy

Where the laser uses light waves for cellular regulation, ultrasound therapy stimulates blood flow and enzyme activity using sound waves. The sound waves provide a painless high frequency massage below the surface increase circulation to soft tissues.

Phonophoresis is ultrasound therapy with a specially medicated gel. The pulsing action of the sound waves help to deliver the medicated gel to the affected area and is helpful in treating acute muscle strains.

 

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Underwater Treadmill

Water provides buoyancy as well as support. In our state of the art treadmill we can adjust the level of water to provide the level of support or resistance that best fits the needs of your pet. The underwater treadmill also provides us with an excellent opportunity to assess the improvement in your pets functional mobility. As your pet continues to gain strength we can even add an incline or decline to the treadmill for an added challenge. It is very important that your pet is ready for and will benefit from the underwater treadmill. Your therapist will be sure that there are no longer compensatory strategies present and any pain due to compensation has been treated and addressed before they progress to the treadmill.

 

Home Exercise Program

Our hope is that your pet leaves their very first session feeling better. But how can you maintain the gains achieved in therapy? After each session you will receive an individualized home exercise program. We use Physiotec software which will send you a link of all the exercises reviewed with you during the session. The link not only has written instructions but accompanying videos so you are able to do the exercises properly in between sessions.

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about canine rehab treatments, if you have any more questions please call or email us and we will be able to see how we can help your pet:

What is canine rehabilitation?

Canine rehabilitation, is a form of veterinary medicine that focuses on improving a dog’s mobility, strength, and function after an injury, surgery, or illness. Canine rehab treatments may include a variety of therapies, such as exercise, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, laser therapy and more.

When is canine rehabilitation recommended?

Canine rehabilitation may be recommended for dogs that have suffered an injury, undergone surgery, or have a chronic condition that affects their mobility and quality of life. It may also be recommended as a preventative measure for senior dogs or dogs that are predisposed to certain conditions.

What are some common conditions that may benefit from canine rehabilitation?

Some common conditions that may benefit from canine rehabilitation include orthopedic injuries, such as cruciate ligament tears or hip dysplasia, neurological conditions, such as intervertebral disc disease, and chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis or obesity.

What types of treatments are used in canine rehabilitation?

Canine rehab treatments may include a variety of therapies, such as manual therapy (such as massage and joint mobilization), therapeutic exercise (such as strengthening and balance exercises), hydrotherapy (such underwater treadmill) and physical agent modalities (such as laser therapy and phonophoresis).

How long does canine rehabilitation take?

The length of canine rehabilitation treatments will vary depending on the dog’s condition and the severity of their injury or illness. Some dogs may only need a few sessions, while others may require ongoing treatment for several months.

Do I need a referral from my vet for canine rehabilitation?

No, But we will need to work closely with your vet to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your dog’s specific needs.

Will my dog be sore after rehab treatment

It is possible for your dog to feel some soreness after a canine rehab treatment, especially if the treatment involved exercise or manual therapy. This is similar to how humans may feel sore after a workout or a massage.

However, our therapist will monitor your dog’s response to treatment and adjust the treatment plan as needed to minimize any discomfort. Additionally, they may provide you with instructions for at-home care, such as ice therapy or gentle stretching, to help manage any soreness or stiffness that your dog may experience.

If you notice that your dog is in significant pain or discomfort after a rehab treatment, it is important to contact your rehabilitation therapist or veterinarian for guidance. They may recommend adjusting the treatment plan or providing additional support to help your dog feel more comfortable.

Areas our Rehab Services can help

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Post Operative Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Arthritis

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia

Muscles Strains

Gait & Posture Correction

Aging Issues

Wound Healing

Supportive Movement 

Weight Loss Programs 

Neurological Injury Recovery

Supportive Movement 

Weight Loss Programs 

Neurological Injury Recovery