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Why Massage My Pet?

15th August 2020

What is Massage?


This ancient therapy has been used by many cultures all over the world for thousands of years.


Massage is a manual therapy focusing on the superficial muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia or connective tissue. There are various touch techniques, kneading, moving, holding, pressure and intensity applied to the body.


One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.


Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.


The physiology of cats and dogs is similar to that of a human, meaning we both feel pain and discomfort when muscles are tight and stressed. Very much like humans, pets thrive on the reassuring and healing touch of massage.


Some of the physical benefits of massage include:


• Reduced muscle tension

• Improved circulation

• Stimulation of the lymphatic system

• Reduction of stress hormones

• Relaxation

• Increased joint mobility and flexibility

• Improved skin tone

• Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

• Heightened mental alertness

• Reduced anxiety and depression

•Early detection of swelling, injury or painful areas

•Builds trust, self-confidence and sociability

•Provides overall health and wellbeing

Cold Laser Therapy 

14 August 2020

What is Laser Therapy?

 

Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive and very safe treatment that uses controlled amounts of laser light to modulate natural biological processes to produce beneficial clinical effects, such as:

 

• Relieving pain

• Resolving chronic and acute inflammation

• Reducing edema

• Healing and regenerating neural tissues

• Promoting wound healing and tissue repair

• Modulating immune response

 

There are now over 1,100 published, laboratory and clinical trials showing the positive effects that laser therapy has on healing soft tissue injuries, wounds, alleviating pain, and resolving inflammation.

 

Laser is a very important component of rehabilitation therapy.

 

 

What is Hydrotherapy and how can this help my pet?

23rd August 2020

Hydrotherapy is the use of water for therapeutic reasons, and has been carried out for hundreds of years relieving discomfort and promoting physical wellbeing. The unique properties of water such as buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure combined with warmth, create a perfect environment to rehabilitate, exercise and relax.


Research shows that underwater treadmill therapy can speed muscle strengthening and improve joint range of motion. Water provides an excellent therapeutic environment for both exercise and rehabilitation and has numerous advantages over land-based exercise.


Get your pet back on track faster with Hydrotherapy.


Underwater Treadmill


Unlike taking your dog to the beach or a lake for hydrotherapy, the Under water treadmill is a controlled environment.


We can view and monitor how well your pet’s limbs are moving and functioning in the water, and important parameters such as temperature, speed and water quality are tailored to each animal's unique and individual requirements. The weightlessness the animal feels when under water is stress-free, gentle and a zero-impact exercise environment. It relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land.


Plus, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever, promoting relaxation, which will further reduce muscle stiffness. It’s a great environment allowing exercise for elderly or disabled patients too!


Being immersed in warm water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow function and circulation. The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints pre- and post-operative conditioning and after any kind of orthopaedic surgery.


More benefits include:


• Improved post-operative care

• Return to functional activities in less time post-rehabilitation

• Improved weight bearing

• Restoration, accelerated growth and strength of muscles

• Increased range of movement of limbs

• Joint mobilisation and flexibility

• Weight loss

• Increased balance and coordination

• Reduction of pain and swelling

• Improved cardiovascular fitness, endurance and stamina

• Improved recovery time after injury

• Improved mental and physical fitness while exercise on land is restricted

• Prevention of land injuries


Research has shown that hydrotherapy can speed up recovery during the rehabilitation phase, as opposed to just land exercise. It is complementary to, and therefore does not replace veterinary care.




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