Canine hydrotherapy is a form of exercise directed at the treatment of chronic conditions, post-operative recovery and pre-operative or general fitness in dogs. Water increases circulation, ideal for skin and coat. Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog (or human) to move her joints. Water makes the body buoyant, so when submerged, the weight of the body is supported. This means the dog is not fighting gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces stress on the joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery.The underwater treadmill is designed specifically for veterinary use. The water supports your pet’s weight while walking or running. Hydrotherapy can also help dogs who need to shed a few pounds. Water therapy may also improve balance, coordination, and increase overall energy levels, all while reducing pain and stress.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific areas on an animal to treat a diagnosed condition. These specific points are called acupuncture points and are mapped and diagramed for each species body. In veterinary practice, acupuncture may be used alone to treat musculoskeletal pain, or in conjunction with other therapies. Traditional Chinese medicine has used acupuncture for over 4000 years. It became accepted officially by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1998. The Rehab Nook embraces both traditional and western medicine in an effort to provide the best care for patients.
Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses wavelengths of red light to penetrate tissues, relieving inflammation, increasing blood flow, and decreasing pain. Light is used to stimulate protein synthesis and cell metabolism. This stimulation improves cell health and functionality and increases blood circulation. Pain signals are reduced and nerve sensitivity decreases. Laser therapy also releases endorphins.Home