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.
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.
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.
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 individualised 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.
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.