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Therapeutic exercises are an essential part of a physical rehabilitation program, whether a patient is being treated after surgery or for chronic conditions.
The goals of therapeutic exercises are:
- improve active pain-free mobility and flexibility
- improve the use of the legs and reduce limping
- increase muscle mass and strength
- improve daily function
- help prevent future injuries
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Electric Stimulation therapy is therapeutic treatment that applies electrical stimulation in treating spasms and pain. It can help prevent atrophy and build strength in patients with injuries. It is also helpful in keeping muscles active especially after any type of spinal chord injury.
Medical massage focus on specific painful areas on your dog. Pain and physical exertion often result in considerable muscle tension. Contraction of the muscles reduces local blood flow in the affected region. This, in turn, reduces the oxygen supply to the affected muscles and reduces the removal of metabolic waste products from the muscles.
This leads to a vicious circle of pain, muscle tension, and more pain.
Attempting to stop this vicious circle is the main indication for medical massage. The local effects of massage-increased blood flow with increase of tissue temperature and elasticity- accelerate muscle recovery.
Is the use of heat or cold on specific areas of the body.
Is mainly used to treat chronic diseases and to warm up the body prior to exercises.
Effects of heat therapy are:
- increase blood flow
- muscle relaxation
- increase extensibility of the tissues
Effects of cold therapy:
- pain relief and reduction of inflammation
- reduction of muscle spasms
Joint Mobilizations is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of a joint. It is a skilled passive movement of the joints performed by a physical rehabilitation therapist to decrease pain or increase joint mobility.
Benefits of Aquatic therapy:
- the body bears less weight in water, which reduces the load on painful joints to permit more comfortable exercises
- water pressure can reduce swelling and edema
- water resistance is useful for muscle strengthening and cardiovascular training
- the stabilizing and buoyant effects of water enable many patients to perform exercises in water that they cannot do on land
Treatment with laser is not based on heat development but on chemical and biological effects in cells and tissues.
What happens when laser light encounters our cells?
There is a local response increasing the production of new healing products, there is stimulation of the nerve cells, there are local effects on the immune system and new formation of blood vessels. All these effects do improve tissue healing and pain relief.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF)
They are used clinically to expedite healing of fractures. There are ongoing studies on the use of electromagnetic fields for wound healing. The application of PEMF stimulation for osteoarthritis is a relatively new area, which has been supported by several trials.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots that cause pain and tightness.
Trigger Point Dry Needling uses a small solid filament needle which is inserted in a contracted painful knotted muscle to create a local twitch reflex. This breaks the pain cycle, reduces chemical irritation and relaxes the muscle.