Arkansas Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness in Cabot, Arkansas
Explanation & Goals of Rehabilitation
Animals are good at hiding their discomfort and pain. Many animals we see are in pain, either from an injury, surgery, or degenerative disease (arthritis). Our goal is to increase your pet’s mobility and functionality while decreasing pain and discomfort. Arkansas Animal Rehab & Fitness (AARF) will accomplish this through a combination of treatments, exercises, medications, and supplements.
Weight-bearing water resistance therapy uses the buoyancy of water to help support your pet while increasing the resistance of limb movement. Used properly, underwater treadmills can decrease recovery time from surgery, improve arthritis through low impact exercise, improve neurologic conditions, increase cardiovascular fitness, and help with weight loss.
At AARF, we use two Class IV lasers “LiteCure Companion Laser”. Laser therapy is used to relieve pain from muscle and joint soreness, relax muscle spasms, increase blood flow to the treated area, and speed wound healing. Laser therapy uses specific frequency LASER light to penetrate tissue and enhance healing.
Exercises can be passive, where we move the animal’s body to manipulate the joints. Other exercises are active, where we guide the animal through specific movements with positive reinforcement techniques.
Passive exercises include a range of motion (PROM) and stretching exercises. These exercises can help with flexion/extension of joints, improve awareness of neuromuscular structure and function, and increase flexibility.
Active exercises are used to increase strength, balance, and flexibility by using positive reinforcement to guide your pet through a series of specific exercises.
Some pets are unable to return to full function due to nerve damage, spinal injury, or some other permanent condition. But they may still be able to live a full and happy life with the correct equipment. Braces are available to support an injured limb while it heals, corrects a deformity, or encourage bearing weight on the limb. Prosthetics can replace a damaged or amputated limb. Carts can be fitted to patients that are paralyzed or unable to walk without support. Harnesses are available to support your pet when walking. Our specially trained veterinarians can help to ensure the equipment is measured, ordered and fit correctly.
Harnesses are available to support your pet when walking. Our specially trained veterinarians can help to ensure the equipment is measured, ordered and fit correctly.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or “NMES” is a great tool for treating orthopedic and neurological injuries and disease. It can help relieve muscle spasms, decrease muscle atrophy, improve joint mobility and circulation, and decrease pain.
While we would always prefer to have the owner present for therapy appointments, we understand that it is not always convenient or possible. We offer day boarding in our kennels for our therapy clients. Our staff will meet with you during drop-off about your pet’s progress.
Intensive Rehab and Boarding
Some patients that are recovering from advanced orthopedic or neurologic disease, would benefit from multiple, daily rehabilitation sessions. We offer to board in our kennels to allow for daily, intensive therapy. Please contact us if you have further questions about extended boarding and rehab.