Physical Therapy

Therapeutic modalities combined with functional exercises for sustained mobility and quality of life

Is Fido Eligible for Physical Therapy?

We work with dogs that have ongoing chronic orthopedic and/or neurological condition(s) that require conservative management vis-à-vis therapeutic modalities and land-based exercise. Depending on the complexity of the condition(s), we may require veterinary clearance from your primary care vet. A non-exhaustive list of some of the cases we see in our practice can be found below: 

:: Hip/elbow dysplasia leading to osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
:: Patella luxation in stifle joints (pre/post-surgical)
:: Intervertebral disc disease/herniation
:: Cruciate ligament ruptures (pre/post-surgical, i.e. after TPLO/TTA)
:: Hip luxation (pre/post surgical, i.e. after FHO)

If your dog’s condition is not listed, please reach out to us for a discussion.  

Therapeutic Modalities

Functional Exercises

Land-based exercises have diverse applications, including but not limited to gait re-education, activate muscle contractures, improve limb loading & weight distribution, promote flexibility in joint motion for pain relief by encouraging circulation and lubrication of joints resulting from movement of synovial fluid etc.

Hydrotherapy

We do not have an on-site hydrotherapy facility, but we strongly recommend for you to seek a credentialed, registered canine hydrotherapist through the register of the Asian Association of Canine Hydrotherapists (AACH).

We are available to co-work cases as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide the best care for your dog. Speak to us for more details.

Laser Therapy

Beneficial in both acute/chronic management, laser therapy can promote an increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to fight infection, while modulating ROS (reactive oxygen species) to impact cellular healing and repair. The release of NO (nitric oxide) will help increase circulation, decrease inflammation and enhance transport of oxygen throughout the tissue.


Superficial Thermotherapy

Biological effects of warm compresses can improve circulation, and improve extensibility of fibrous tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, and is generally used in cases of chronic osteoarthritis, muscle tension relief etc. Cold compresses are deployed as appropriate to help with post-exercise inflammation, acute arthritic flare-ups and/or to provide relief post-operatively as an analgesia.

TENS/EMS Therapy

Used in conservative management and/or as part of post-operative treatment protocol, superficial and deep tissue electrical stimulation can lead to relaxation, as well as for pain control/analgesia. In dogs that are not able to volitionally contract their muscles due to disuse/atrophy, EMS can help to induce contraction to increase strength, mass and oxidative metabolism.

PEMF Therapy

All cellular functions are influenced by differences in voltage, or electrical potential. By using magnetic wavelengths and frequencies similar to those naturally occurring in the body and from the earth, PEMF is able to positively influence electrical potential in the cells and decrease Inflammation, increase circulation, reduce pain and accelerate healing.