What Are Manual Therapy Techniques and How Do They Benefit Your Pet?

What Are Manual Therapy Techniques and How Do They Benefit Your Pet?

Veterinary care centers that offer specialized pet care and treatments are on the rise. Sadly, the majority of pet owners are still unfamiliar with how manual therapy techniques can help their pets, or what physical therapy options are available. Dr. Peterson is our highly skilled veterinarian at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy in Des Moines, IA. We offer customized manual therapy techniques aimed at restoring the functional ability of your pet and improving your pet’s overall quality of life.

Passive Range of Motion (PROM) Exercises

These exercises involve manually moving the joints in a to and fro motion that emulates the normal movement of your pet, which helps improve flexibility and motion in the joints. Our veterinarians in Des Moines can help you learn more about this technique and how it can benefit your pet.

Underwater Treadmill

This technique involves adding warm water in a swim tank up to a level that your pet is comfortable. The different water levels create different intensities and buoyancy. Over time as your pet becomes stronger and used to the technique, the water is decreased, speed raised, and duration of sessions increased. During this form of therapy, all of the muscles relax providing pain relief, stress reduction, and improvement of your pet’s metabolic and cardiovascular functions.

Cold Laser Therapy

This form of treatment helps improve cell functioning by decreasing skin swelling, irritation, and promoting blood flow, which helps to reduce pain and promote healing.

Heat and Cold Therapy

This form of therapy works best when combined with PROM therapy. Heat therapy helps prepare your pet’s muscles for exercise, while cold compresses help in reducing inflammation and pain after intense physical activity.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

This ultrasound provides heat to tendons, muscles, and joints to stimulate activity, promote healing, and improve strength.

Obstacle Courses

These courses include balance steps, ramps, hills, and bars to help improve your pet’s balance, paw placement, and flexibility.

Pet Physical Therapy in Des Moines, IA

Contact Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy for holistic and safe manual therapy for your pet. The most effective manual therapy for your pet will include a combination of manual therapy, healthy nutrition, and therapeutic exercises. If your dog or cat is suffering from joint pain, or you notice they need some form of physical therapy treatment, contact our team at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy. Call us today at (515) 575-9655.

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