What Is Canine Physical Therapy?


We all have heard of it; Canine Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. But what exactly is it, and is it the same as Physical Therapy offered for humans?

We’re glad you asked. Let us explain.
Physical therapy for canines, or canine rehabilitation does adapt human physical therapy techniques. In fact, it is quite similiar to the therapeutic treatment administered for humans. The therapeutic techniques used for canines is to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals, and reduce pain to enhance an animal’s recovery from injury, surgery, degenerative diseases, age-related diseases, and obesity.

The goal of physical therapy for animals is to improve quality of life and decrease pain. Canine physical therapy, although geared predominately towards canines, is also offered and used to assist cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, horses, and other small and large breed animals. At Healing Hands 4 Paws, we offer physical therapy and rehabilitation for canines and felines alike.

In case you were wondering what CCRP stands for, it is an acronym for “Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.” CCRP’s whether a veterinarian or veterinarian technician are certified to administer canine physical therapy only. Dr. Dexter Archer VMD, CCRP, is our practicing rehabilitation veterinarian at Healing Hands 4 Paws.

If you already have a veterinarian doctor for your pet, we value that relationship greatly. We work closely with your pet’s veterinarian doctor to assess the best in-office & at-home customized rehabilitation program for your pet. Your veterinarian’s diagnosis is most important, as it helps us to understand your pet’s health condition. It is vital that we work with your veterinarian.

There are different benefits for each therapeutic technique of animal physical therapy, and not all techniques are useful for each condition. For instance, phsyical therapy for neurological conditions are treated with balance & coordination excercies, muscle building & strengthening excercies, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy. For orthopedic conditions, physical tehrapy would include cryotherapy, thermptherapy, hydrotherapy, muscle building & strengthening, coodrination excercies, and elctrical stimulation. Physical therapy for neurological conditions would include balance and coordination building exercises, muscle building exercises, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy. Physical therapy for post-surgical and injured pateints would include heat therapy, cryotherapy, massage, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy.

Read our other articles to learn more about:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Thermotherapy (Heat appliance)
  • Cyrotherapy (Cold Press appliance)
  • Passive Range Of Motion “PROM” (Manual Therapy)
  • Balance & Coordination Exercises
  • Fitness & Conditioning Exercises
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Electrical Stimulation
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