The initial consultation will consist of a full static and dynamic assessment of the animal, followed by palpation assessment. This is carried out to identify areas of tension and/or pain in your pet. This will also include the initial treatment for your pet depending on the injury/condition.
It will also be discussed with you as to your expectations of the treatment in regards to short- and long-term goals that we will work towards during our sessions.
These appointments will usually last anywhere between 1 -1.5 hours.
A follow up assessment will be required for your pet in order to safely treat the patient. Rehabilitation plans and treatments will be reviewed during this time.
Follow-up appointments are usually between 40 minutes and 1 hour.
No condition can be treated in a single session. Typically, 4 to 6 sessions will be required to see the desired effects, depending on severity of the condition.
Photizo - Photobiomodulation
Using infrared and red light therapy, emitting a total of 6J of energy per dose, the Photizo handheld light therapy machine is the perfect machine for provide pain relief and increasing the rate of healing of a number of musculoskeletal conditions including, but not limited to arthritis, fractures, ligament tears/ruptures, scar tissue, tendon injuries, oedema, wound healing.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Also referred to in short as Pulse Mag, this machine has a wide range of settings in its employ to relieve chronic/acute pain, reduce oedema and swelling, simply provide a relaxing effect and also improve and encourage healing of nerve fibres in neurological injuries.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
TENS for short, this electrotherapy is easy to apply to has long lasting effects for pain relief in animals. Stimulating A-delta nerve fibres in order to send signals to the brain to provide pain relief by means of the opioid mechanism.
Used for a range of muscular conditions in humans, TENS is widely used in veterinary physiotherapy to provide pain relief in horses and dogs also. Though horses tend to find the sensation of the TENS relaxing, many dogs find the sensation to be uncomfortable, while others will tolerate the therapy just fine.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Also referred to as NMES, this machine activates the belly of the muscle to cause mild to strong muscle contractions depending on the effect desired to maintain muscle mass during rehabilitation. By the use of a 'ramp' slowly building the intensity of the contraction before reaching it's peak, it is far better tolerated by dogs as it is less startling. This machine requires a much longer 'off' time and milder contractions the more muscle wastage there has been, to avoid fatiguing the muscle during rehabilitation.
NMES should never be used as a replacement for exercise, but should be used in conjunction with remedial exercises to maintain muscle mass and work towards building back strength.