After injury or illness, the body will protect the area. After only 2 weeks of decreased activity, ligaments lose strength and become less organized. Muscles weaken. Conditioning decreases. Tendons deteriorate. Physical rehabilitation works to rebuild this loss of strength.
Dr. Sonnet uses physical medicine much as a human physical therapist does. As a soft tissue expert, she uses a variety of techniques and treatments to rebuild the strength of damaged tissues.
Pain management is crucial to success. Unlike in people, where the patient can be encouraged to work through minor pain to achieve results, the veterinary patient cannot. Your dog will not rebuild maximal strength of ligaments and muscles without pain control.
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Physical rehabilitation is used to retrain nerves and muscles. As your dog protects weak, diseased or injured areas, the body learns ways to compensate. These compensations lead to abnormal function which increases the risk of re-injury or of new injuries developing.
Dr. Sonnet seeks to pinpoint these compensations and then retrains your dog's body to move as designed. From retraining the walk-run pattern in paralyzed dogs to retraining proper form for the canine athlete, nerve pathways are relearned and muscles are reeducated to improve movement.
By retraining neuromuscular pathways, the risk of further injury can be greatly decreased and the body is retrained to function better.
Acute injury, debilitating disease, or even "normal" aging can significantly lower your dog's quality of life. Physical rehabilitation works to counteract this. Rehabilitation for the veterinary patient has the ability to renew your dog's love for life..
The focus of Dr. Sonnet is to improve every patient's quality of life. She works to renew your dog's flexibility. She strives to renew function so your dog may be as independent in their daily life as possible. She pursues a renewal of pain-free movement. Your dog's physical ability and potential is maximized so that your dog may enjoy life to the fullest!
Ultimately, the goal of physical rehabilitation is to renew joy and happiness in your dog and renew your relationship with your best canine friend!