Your border collie Lexi would be a shoo-in for the Canine Olympics Team. Lexi has always been an athletic girl, running at full speed around your friend’s farm and joyfully joining a canine agility group. Right now, though, seven-year-old Lexi is recovering from a leg injury that has your canine athlete on the sidelines. You know targeted physical therapy can smooth out human patients’ recoveries; and canine physical therapy centers can provide similar benefits for pooch patients. When Lexi next visits her veterinarian from Larimer County, you’ll ask if physical therapy is appropriate for your dog. You’d especially like to hear more about massage therapy and water therapy. Learn more about dog-focused physical therapies.
Since your vet is familiar with Lexi’s recovery process, he’ll oversee your dog’s physical therapy program; and he might prescribe several therapy techniques. Therapeutic massage therapy and water therapy are available at many canine therapy centers and some veterinary practices. Acupuncture, electrical therapy, heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, and targeted stretching can also prove helpful.
While it’s tough to predict Lexi’s physical therapy results, she’ll probably show increased mobility and strength. Lexi might also appear to have less pain, and she might even lose a few pounds. Lexi’s consistent physical therapy can gradually help her to resume many normal activities.
You know a professional therapeutic massage can decrease your stress level, and it can even help injured tissues to heal more quickly. Lexi might experience comparable benefits, although she’ll be too busy relaxing to say much.
Also, now that Lexi’s approaching middle age, regular massage therapy can help to decrease age-related joint stiffness. Besides widely available therapeutic massage, specialty veterinary practices offer focused deep tissue massage therapy.
Lexi hasn’t been too thrilled with land-based workouts, as she doesn’t want to put extra stress on her recovering body. Lots of older and overweight dogs would likely agree with her. However, Lexi loves her water therapy sessions. Lexi works on her range of motion while the warm water’s buoyancy supports her. The water’s light resistance helps Lexi to improve her blood circulation and strengthen her muscles.
Lexi’s water therapy sessions also include some underwater treadmill work. During each session, Lexi walks steadily on an underwater treadmill that encourages her to move normally while banishing stress on her muscles, joints, and bones. As Lexi pads along underwater, her therapist praises your pooch’s progress as she builds strength and stamina.
If your Larimer County vet feels Lexi will benefit from physical therapy, ask for a referral to a regional facility or therapist. After all, your vet also wants Lexi to resume the active, fun-filled life she loves.