Following a freak accident which resulted in the removal of my agility dog Sage’s right eye, I took her to Mountainside Veterinary Rehabilitation for assistance in regaining balance and depth perception. This was in addition to the pain she was experiencing in her body. Dr. Carlson provided Sage with acupuncture and chiropractic treatments as well as assisted us with exercises to help her regain balance again. Dr. Carlson’s compassionate nature and quiet demeanor assisted in the progress Sage has made as well as my ability to view Sage’s “single view” as a strength.
The underwater treadmill (UWT) main use is to increase muscle strength while decreasing the concussive force at joints. We can use the variable levels of water to change the amount of weight bearing, the resistance and the compression benefits of the water, it encourages passive hip extension, exaggerates the step height, increases general strength and allows us to focus on hind limbs and will help with proprioceptive/body awareness training. This varies from swimming in that swimming doesn’t allow weight bearing, requires increased elbow ROM (range of motion), requires increased carpal flexibility and stifle flexibility and it primarily builds front limb strength. The underwater treadmill can be used to decrease neuropathic pain, increase analgesia, increase circulation, increase elasticity of soft tissues, increase flexion/range of motion, treating orthopedic disease/dysfunction, weight loss, respiratory/cardiovascular health, increase strength and can help edema.