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OUR SERVICES

HEAT AND COLD THERAPY

Heat and/or cold may be used to decrease edema and pain.

 

Heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to a particular area due to increased temperature. Increasing the temperature of the afflicted area even slightly can soothe discomfort and increase muscle flexibility. Heat therapy can relax and soothe muscles and heal damaged tissue.

 

Cold therapy is also known as cryotherapy. It works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain.

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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Massage has many benefits to the patient. The mechanical effect of massage to the soft tissues may help relieve tense muscles through relaxation, decreased pain and increased ability to move. This helps with circulation as well as lymph drainage. The body, mind and emotions all interact with the nervous system. It is possible that touching the skin can improve the overall well being of an animal. When massage is used in conjunction with other Rehab techniques it helps the patient to be more comfortable. Specific massage techniques can also be used as well as trigger points located all over the patient’s body.

MASSAGE

Massage has many benefits to the patient. The mechanical effect of massage to the soft tissues may help relieve tense muscles through relaxation, decreased pain and increased ability to move. This helps with circulation as well as lymph drainage. The body, mind and emotions all interact with the nervous system. It is possible that touching the skin can improve the overall well being of an animal. When massage is used in conjunction with other Rehab techniques it helps the patient to be more comfortable. Specific massage techniques can also be used as well as trigger points located all over the patient’s body.
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hydrotherapy

HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENTS (UNDERWATER TREADMILL & SWIMMING)

Conditions that benefit from hydrotherapy:

  • Orthopaedic
  • Neurological
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Conditions relating to age (developmental conditions in the young anddegenerative conditions in the older animal)
  • Degenerative and medical conditions

These conditions include:

  • Cruciate ligament rupture – postoperative or conservative management
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Luxating patella
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative myelopathy (CDRM)
  • Spinal injuries, including IV disc rupture and fractures
  • Spondylosis
  • Age related mobility
  • Obesity control

The treatment program might require both the pool and underwater treadmill therapy or just one of them. Most often, gait re-education is performed in the underwater treadmill, whereas general strengthening, cardiovascular conditioning and joint mobilisation can be performed in the pool. Generally animals are able to have treatment in the treadmill earlier, post operatively, than they are able to go in the pool. After a few sessions in the treadmill, patients are usually able to progress to the pool. It may be that they have alternate treatments in the treadmill and pool.

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The Swimming Pool

 

Swimming in the pool is a reduced-weight bearing form of exercise and is used to treat disease, injury or illness. While swimming most of the muscles used for everyday movement are involved, but joint stress from hard ground is avoided, which helps to reduce pain and allows easier movement. The warm water increases circulation and the flow of blood to the muscles. This causes the muscles to relax, reducing pain and stiffness. Improved circulation reduces swelling and the hydrostatic pressure of the water has an anti-inflammatory effect.

 

The building of muscle mass is one of the main benefits of swimming. Movement in water is more difficult due to the resistance of the water, so is very beneficial in building muscles without pain and if there is a particular limb that has muscle wastage we can swim the animal in such a way to make the target limb work harder, but with pain free movement.

 

Older dogs with hind limb weakness benefit hugely from swimming as we encourage use of the hind limbs with various aids, this in turn increases circulation and also halts further muscle wastage.

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UNDERWATER TREADMILL

In the UWTM there is total control over how much support we give the animal, which is determined by how much water is in the treadmill. The speed of the treadmill is adjusted to achieve the correct gait pattern and is ideal for re-educating the movement of the limbs after injury or surgery and is particularly useful for making the transition from water to dry land gradually by increasing the load on the affected limb.

 

Treatment can be more specific and targeted than in the pool and each session will be adjusted according to the patients’ needs. We also take into account the owners feedback from the previous session, so for example if the patient was slightly stiff following a session in the treadmill, we would either increase the depth of the water, to make the patient more buoyant, or reduce the times in the treadmill, or possibly a combination of both, depending on the injury or condition.

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UNDERWATER TREADMILL

In the UWTM there is total control over how much support we give the animal, which is determined by how much water is in the treadmill. The speed of the treadmill is adjusted to achieve the correct gait pattern and is ideal for re-educating the movement of the limbs after injury or surgery and is particularly useful for making the transition from water to dry land gradually by increasing the load on the affected limb.

 

Treatment can be more specific and targeted than in the pool and each session will be adjusted according to the patients’ needs. We also take into account the owners feedback from the previous session, so for example if the patient was slightly stiff following a session in the treadmill, we would either increase the depth of the water, to make the patient more buoyant, or reduce the times in the treadmill, or possibly a combination of both, depending on the injury or condition.

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ELECTROTHERAPY (NMES & TENS)

Electrical stimulation is used to cause muscle contractions. It is a modality used to build muscle passively. TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is another technique used for pain management.

 

TENS works by stimulating faster sensory nerves with an electrical impulse, causing an overload of interneurons, which limits the ability of sensory nerves to transmit pain signals to the brain, creating analgesia for the patient. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) stimulates the nerves that cause the muscles to contract, and thus, used to contract muscles.

Indications for NMES:
1.) Prevent or treat muscle atrophy
2.) Increase local blood circulation
3.) Increase joint mobility

ELECTROTHERAPY (NMES & TENS)

Electrical stimulation is used to cause muscle contractions. It is a modality used to build muscle passively. TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is another technique used for pain management.

 

TENS works by stimulating faster sensory nerves with an electrical impulse, causing an overload of interneurons, which limits the ability of sensory nerves to transmit pain signals to the brain, creating analgesia for the patient. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) stimulates the nerves that cause the muscles to contract, and thus, used to contract muscles.

Indications for NMES:
1.) Prevent or treat muscle atrophy
2.) Increase local blood circulation
3.) Increase joint mobility
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ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is used as a deep tissue heating agent. It has a penetrative depth of 5cm, which makes it a very useful tool in rehabilitation.

 

The indications for Ultrasound are:
1.) Soft tissue shortening (contracture or scarring)

2.) Sub acute or Chronic Inflammation

3.) Pain (muscle guarding and trigger points)

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photizo

PHOTIZO LIGHT THERAPY

Photizo is a fantastic machine that works by activating cellular metabolism, which hereby increases the rate of healing. It uses LED light that energizes cells and increases blood flow to the area being treated. With increases blood flow comes increased ability to heal. It is a very soothing treatment for the animals and often used in combination with massage.

PHOTIZO LIGHT THERAPY

Photizo is a fantastic machine that works by activating cellular metabolism, which hereby increases the rate of healing. It uses LED light that energizes cells and increases blood flow to the area being treated. With increases blood flow comes increased ability to heal. It is a very soothing treatment for the animals and often used in combination with massage.
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THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES

Therapeutic Exercise is one of the most valuable forms of Rehabilitation. These are specific exercises that help to improve active pain free range of motion or movement, increase muscle mass and muscle strength, and improve balance, performance and daily function. Therapeutic exercise includes a range of techniques used within the term. Proprioceptive training, Active and Passive Range of motion, Weight shifting, stretching, Stair climbing, standing exercises, Controlled leash activity, dancing, pulling or carrying weight, cavaletti rails, and many many more! This is the part of treatment we try to make the most fun for the patient! This is where they build their strength and proprioception.

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kineso-taping

KINESO TAPING

Rehabilitation is very dynamic field and new techniques are being discovered all the time. One such technique is Kinesio taping. I have found this to be a very useful tool in Rehabilitation. Kinesio tape can be used for:

 

1. Muscle injuries

2. Biomechanical dysfunction and

3. Postural dysfunction

KINESO TAPING

Rehabilitation is very dynamic field and new techniques are being discovered all the time. One such technique is Kinesio taping. I have found this to be a very useful tool in Rehabilitation. Kinesio tape can be used for:

 

1. Muscle injuries

2. Biomechanical dysfunction and

3. Postural dysfunction

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LASER

Laser therapy is a non-invasive photobiomodulation therapy. We use a special light that penetrates the skin and tissue that helps open up blood flow to the area. Laser Therapy is used for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. When the light source is placed against the skin, the photons penetrate several centimeters and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This helps to accelerate the body’s natural healing process.

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home-exercise

HOME EXERCISE PROGRAMMES

Designed to continue a patient’s recovery progress outside of the Ramsay Rehab Centre, a home exercise programme encourages owners to be involved with their pets continued return to function and Quality of Life! Our Animals can increase their chances for recovery by regularly performing these exercises and strengthening musculature.Our home programmes are specifically designed for each patients needs. You will receive a home exercise programme for your Animal when you purchase any of our Ramsay Rehab  packages.

HOME EXERCISE PROGRAMMES

Designed to continue a patient’s recovery progress outside of the Ramsay Rehab Centre, a home exercise programme encourages owners to be involved with their pets continued return to function and Quality of Life! Our Animals can increase their chances for recovery by regularly performing these exercises and strengthening musculature.Our home programmes are specifically designed for each patients needs. You will receive a home exercise programme for your Animal when you purchase any of our Ramsay Rehab  packages.

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