(photo credit: rehab vets.org)
OK well maybe not by sea- but possibly by pool or underwater treadmill!
Today we are exploring another important tool in the rehab therapists toolbox- Therapeutic Exercise!
For those that have heard of therapeutic exercise, many people immediately think of underwater treadmill. While it is a great tool for strengthening, improving active range of joints, and improving circulation for patients that have conditions like arthritis, it is only a small part of what therapeutic exercise can offer!
What is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic exercise is movement prescribed to correct impairments, restore muscular and skeletal function and/or maintain a state of well-being. It is used to increase range of motion, flexibility, endurance, strength and proprioception. Just like any modality, certain types of exercises are beneficial for a given disorder and some are contra-indicated (not recommended due to potential harm.) Just like with people who consult a doctor, it can be important to consult a veterinary professional prior to starting any exercise program to determine your pet's level of fitness and if there are some exercises that are better or worse for your pet's condition.
The main types of therapeutic exercise used in veterinary rehabilitation are land based and water based.
Tune in tomorrow as we review each one in turn and how they can help your pet!