Following an injury or operation, we will use a multimodal approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of your animal. These will include a mixture of manual and electro therapies along with therapeutic exercise with the aim of returning the patient back to normal function and in some cases look to improve the strength and condition to reduce risk of repeat injury.
MUSKOSKELETAL AND FITNESS ASSESSMENTS:
Whether you are visiting or physiotherapy, fitness and conditioning or maintenance checks, all dogs will undergo a musculoskeletal assessment. These are our way of assessing the overall condition of the dog and to identify any problems. Dogs are very good at compensating when lame or carrying an injury, which will often result in other muscles being over stressed or working incorrectly. By carrying out a full check we can identify any compensatory problems that have developed and are able to treat the whole dog not necessarily just the injury being presented.
When undertaking a musculoskeletal assessment we will firstly observe your dog moving at both a walk and a trot. We will then perform a muscle assessment where we will be checking muscle tone, balance and symmetry along with checking the range of movement of each joint.
At Superfly we strongly believe that our sporting dogs are athletes, and when performing for us their bodies are going through various stresses. We therefore believe, that it is crucial to have our sporting companions checked regularly to pick up any minor changes and to ensure peak performance. We recommend as a minimum that those doing sports such as agility and flyball undergo a musculoskeletal check every three months.
MANUAL THERAPY AND THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE:
If following the musculoskeletal assessment it is decided that your dog will benefit from treatment it is most likely that we will perform some manual therapy. As a minimum these typically will include some massage and passive range of movement exercises. We use a variety massage techniques depending on the needs of the muscles involved, but may include;
• Trigger point therapy
• Myofascial release
In addition, where retraining and/or strengthening is required we are likely to prescribe therapeutic exercises to help rehabilitate your dog along with passive and active range of motion exercise.
Where appropriate we will use various electrotherapies to assist in the healing and repair of damaged tissues. Depending on the type of tissue affected and the effect required we may use the following;
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF/PMFT)
Often referred to as ‘pulse mag’, this treatment affects changes at a cellular level through the use of electromagnetic energy to stimulate and promote healing. This can be beneficial for the following:
• Pain relief
• Reducing inflammation
• Fracture repair
• Muscle relaxation
At Superfly we use laser plus red and Infrared LED to assist in the healing process. Light energy is absorbed by the cells which induces chemical changes at a cellular level.
Laser has been proven to effect;
- Inhibition of inflammation
- Analgesia and pain inhibition
- Tissue regeneration
- Improved circulation
- Quality of life
Photobiomodulation can also be used for:
• Wound repair
• trigger point therapy
Through the use of mechanical energy, delivered through high frequency soundwaves, ultrasound can be affective with:
• Ligament and tendon injuries
• Fascia restriction
• Breakdown of scar tissue
• Non-union fracture repair
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation(NMES) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation(TENS)
Through the use of tiny electric stimulations, nerves can be stimulated to induce muscle contractions to increase strength (NMES) or to block pain (TENS).
At times it may be recommended that treatments are carried out at home due to the frequency that treatment is required. Where this is the case we are able to hire some of our units out.