|Sage provides physical rehabilitation services to help pets recover from surgery and injury. (This is much like the the practice of physical therapy in human medicine; however, the term “physical therapy” applies only to humans.) Physical rehabilitation is the science of movement – it aims to maximize the ability to move around in one’s environment and perform daily activities. For a dog, daily activities include walking, running, playing, getting on/off furniture, grooming, or even specific jobs for working dogs. Following surgery, injury, or even just with age, these basic activities can be quite challenging. Our certified canine rehabilitation therapists – either a veterinarian certified in rehab or a licensed physical therapist, will assess your pet to find where he is having issues and will create a personalized rehabilitation plan around your pet’s specific needs and goals. Dogs are certainly the most common patients in physical rehabilitation, though we do work with cats and other animals as well.
Physical rehabilitation uses a variety of activities and modalities to work towards your pet’s goals. We offer low level laser therapy, neuromuscular stimulation for strengthening or neurological re-education, manual therapy techniques, custom orthosis fabrication and fitting, therapeutic exercise, balance and proprioception (awareness of one’s body in space) training, manual facilitation techniques, and gait training in and out of the underwater treadmill. By improving strength, balance, coordination, and minimizing pain, physical rehabilitation will help your pet return to his favorite activities, be more comfortable, and be happy.
For more information on physical rehabilitation, please visit the client resources page where you can download the physical rehabilitation brochure.
Please visit the website page of our physical therapist to find out more about the individual and their interests. For more information about canine physical rehabilitation, please visit the website of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.