Proprioception and Balance
Proprioception is awareness of body position. Proprioception and balance can be diminished following surgery or can decline over time as the patient ages. Exercises to improve can be achieved with balance boards, exercise balls, and weight-shifting drills. This exercise plan can provide a good foundation for increasing function, strength, joint mobility, and limb use.
Strengthening exercises can be added after a solid base of ROM, consistent limb use, proprioception, and balance has been established. Exercises include walking up and down an incline, climbing stairs, dancing, swimming and pulling/carrying weight.
We now have a Stance Analyzer. This allows us to accurately measure weight distribution and how much weight each leg is bearing. We can then monitor your pet’s progress alongside their strengthening exercises.
We offer laser therapy using a Class 4 Companion Animal Laser. This is another ‘tool in the toolbox’ to addressing pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is a wonderful service in helping post-surgery patients, chronic arthritis, and other conditions to get the relief they need. Also, it feels great!
We offer underwater treadmill services. This is a great way to help your pet recover from surgery, spinal injuries and to help them lose weight!