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One to One Sessions - Physical Therapy and PawDimensions Exercises
We specialise in the detection and treatment of muscloskeletal issues and injuries and the management of canine orthopaedic conditions. We have an in-depth knowledge of canine anatomy and physiology and will analyse your dog’s physical condition along with their gait and posture. Soft tissue injuries and issues such as trigger points, myofascial pain, strains, tissue adhesions and scar tissue will be identified and treated. All of these conditions are common in dogs yet can respond very well and quickly to treatment. Individual treatment plans will be created together with written PawDimensions therapeutic exercise instructions. Our clients include dogs who compete at the top of their game, sporting dogs, show dogs, working dogs and of course, many older dogs with who we support in their later years.
Therapeutic and Remedial Massage – Bodywork
We use advanced canine sports massage and myofascial release techniques, soft tissue manipulation and deep tissue release along with injury rehabilitation that can dramatically improve your dog’s muscular condition. This is not a ‘Spa massage’ for relaxation, but massage
techniques to identify and treat soft tissue injuries and issues such as trigger points, myofascial pain, strains, tissue adhesions and scar tissue. Therapeutic and remedial massage can be used for acute or chronic problems and to treat injury and promote recovery, akin to humans using the techniques of Human Sports and Remedial Therapies. Three sessions will noticeably improve your dog’s mobility, posture and gait and their quality of life.
The Canine Touch was developed by Veterinarian MVDr. Ivana Ruddock, advancing the human and equine bodywork principles pioneered by her late husband Jock Ruddock.
Canine Touch is a gentle and effective form of bodywork, consisting of specific vibrational moves which address the whole body, physically and mentally. The unique vibrational CT moves are applied to soft tissue including fascia, muscles and tendons, deeply releasing and relaxing the tension in those structures. This deep relaxation of the soft tissue assists the body to re-align and rebalance itself. As well as influencing the blood and lymphatic circulation CT also has a profound effect on the neurological system by “talking” to the nervous system to innervate neural pathways.
This form of joint and soft tissue manipulation gently realigns the spine, corrects subluxations,
relaxes the surrounding muscles and allows the gradual restoration of neurologic and
biomechanical function. McTimoney will help keep the musculoskeletal system functioning
Passive range of motion and Passive Stretching
Passive range of motion (PROM) assess joint mobility and stretching exercises are undertaken to help maintain or improve flexion and extension of joints. These type of exercises conducted by the practitioner when the dog is relaxed can aid in rehabilitation when there is proprioceptive deficit and neuromuscular dysfunction. They will improve elasticity and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. These exercises are very important in rehabilitation when the dog is not using a body part or has limited movement.
Active stretching involves your pet stretching and flexing muscles himself by either following instructions from the handler or following a treat. This encourages specific muscle activation
and can improve the ROM of the joints and the ability to lengthen and shorten specific targeted muscles. Active stretching is a PawDimenions diagnostic and remedial activity which benefits your dog by relieving muscular issues and supporting ongoing flexibility.
PawDimensions Active Therapeutic Exercises
Canine muscle fitness exercises for development, maintenance and clinical rehabilitation. When muscles are over used, tired, weak or injured, compensatory issues cause posture and gait abnormalities. These quickly affect performance and cause strain on other parts of the body which can lead to further injuries. Having fully assessed your dog’s musculoskeletal system and analysed their gait we identify areas which can be improved through physical therapy and therapeutic exercise. You will be given a tailored exercise programme with targeted exercises specifically designed to help your dog. PawDimensions exercises are usually easy to achieve and can often be done in your own living room. While active exercise is in many ways the foundation of physical rehabilitation, the exercises must never cause overuse or strain, at PawDimensions we devise individualised acheivable plans for your dog with specific goals and frequent
Photizo Red Light Therapy Pulsed Elecro-Magnetic Field Therapy
Red Light therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths & frequencies proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by light. There is much scientific research on light and LASER therapy and we have had excellent result with older arthritic dogs and soft tissue injuries
The Magnessage is a portable hand-held device, in the shape of a torch which can either be used above the body in the case of extreme pain or wounds, or directly on the body for deeper soft tissue injuries. The Magnessage has a rotating magnet which emits a powerful magnetic field. The pulsed electro-magnetic field has a depth of penetration of 45cms/18 inches, which can promote healing and repair deep within the body tissue It is also very effective through thick fur.
Thermotherapy is the application of heat or cold to specific parts of the body. Superficial heating of an area increases blood flow, reduces pain, increases extensibility of fibrous tissues, and aids in muscle relaxation.
Cold (cryo) therapy decreases cellular metabolism, leads to constriction of blood vessels, reduces pain, and reduces muscle spasms. It is often used swiftly following injury.
Vascular Flushing is the use of both heat and cold alternately to aid healing and reduce pain in certain types of injury or disease. It can be very beneficial with certain arthritic cases.
We at PawDimensions work “Best Practice” and will always work in conjunction with your vet
and will always refer back to the vet should we have any concerns about your dog. We will also
refer our clients to other practitioners such as Canine Hydrotherapists should we believe this will be of benefit to your dog’s progression to fitness and health. We specialize in the therapies
above but occasionally we may feel that a different therapy may help and we refer to and enjoy
working with other like-minded practitioners who may have a different technique to the ones
we use. A healthy comfortable happy dog is our aim, however we get there.