Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy that uses the properties of water to rehabilitate and improve an animal’s function in a heated (28-32 degree) and sanitised pool or treadmill.
Dogs that are suffering from a medical condition or have had surgery benefit considerably from Hydrotherapy. All our treatments require veterinary consent, and as we pride ourselves on a multi-modal approach to rehabilitation, we are in regular contact with your referring vet with updates and progress reports.
The Hydrotherapy pool allows the animal to exercise in a controlled, non- weight bearing environment which relieves pressure on joints, reducing pain and encouraging movement.
In the aquatic treadmill the water height can be adjusted to precisely control the amount of weight bearing as the animal strengthens or recovers.
The Hot Spa is heated to 40 degrees to soothe and relax muscles, increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Its great to use after a hydrotherapy session, and to soothe muscle strains and sprains of competition and service dogs.
It is difficult to move quickly within water, so the water has a protective quality reducing the risk of injury. This same quality means that the dog has to work hard to move forward due to the resistance when swimming and in turn this helps to increase muscle strength and bulk. Within water animals are also subject to hydrostatic pressure and this can help to reduce swelling and therefore pain especially in the lower limbs.
Physiotherapy is a vital part of any surgery, in fact it is just as important as the surgery itself! Not only is it important for post surgical recovery, but is really beneficial for pre-existing conditions such as arthritis, developmental disease, and also neurological conditions. All treatments require veterinary consent, and are performed by a highly experienced physiotherapist. Physiotherapy plays a vital role in:
Contact us for physiotherapy services with our two physiotherpists Emily and Nicky
EMS may be used to reduce muscle atrophy by stimulating motor fibres. Low to medium levels of electrical current are passed through the body aiding muscle function, reducing pain signals and reducing muscle atrophy. It is the administration of an electrical current to depolarize the motor nerve and produce skeletal muscle contraction. Electrotherapy at cellular level causes nerve cell excitation and protein synthesis and tissue level it causes muscle contraction helping to strengthen weak muscles without input from the dog, it facilitates a muscle pumping action, this can result in improved joint mobility, circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Photobiomodulation (PMB) is also known as LLLT low level laser therapy Low Level Laser Therapy works by stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes, helping to restore normal cellular function and optimise repair. It can help with the management of pain and inflammation of arthritic joints by reducing the sensory pain signals to the brain and stimulating the release of endorphins. It can help with increased recovery time of wounds and recent onset injuries to muscle, skin, ligament or tendon. It can be used on surgical wounds and fracture repairs. Research has shown encouraging effects to nerve and soft tissue repair. 3b Laser can also be used on dogs that will not tolerate acupuncture as it is a non-invasive treatment with shorter treatment times.
Pulsed electromagnetic therapy works by influencing cell behaviour causing electrical changes around and within the cell. Blood supply is improved increasing oxygen pressure which activates and regenerates cells. Cartilage quality can be improved by improving calcium transport which increases the absorption of calcium in bones.
Fascia is a connective tissue situated under the skin that surrounds every structure in the body. These individual fibres can bind together causing restriction. Myofascial release is a safe and effective way to release the restriction which if left untreated can affect mobility and cause pain.
The Stance Analyser quickly evaluates the way a patient is standing and shifting weight to identify if there is a lameness issue and where to look for it. The Stance Analyser will be an integral part of every patient visit in our clinic including wellness exams, limping evaluations, and treatment plan re-checks. Collecting a standing weight bearing assessment removes subjectivity and gives a simple report that makes it easy to discuss the status of the patient with their owner. Identifying lameness before a pet begins to show signs, is essential to prescribe pro-active, conservative treatment plans. An essential part of a wellness program – these objective measurements track the history of a patient’s stance and alert you to abnormalities. When a change is detected we can use this data to support recommendations for additional diagnostics with the veterinary surgeon.
Objective measurements of lameness are also important to track during a prescribed treatment plan.
We all love our furry companions to look good and feel great! Check out our in-house pet Groomer Charlie.......She is amazing and is a valuable member of our family here at WREN. Charlie places an emphasis on therapeutic handling to offer a more relaxed canine/feline lead grooming service. We understand that many dogs and cats can find this environment quite scary and stressful, so Charlie always offers 1-2-1 care and allows plenty of time and space for each dog to become relaxed.
Contact Charlie on 07710 817 902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org