Animal Rehabilitation Therapy
Our approach to animal therapy includes SFT for animals is to help animals regain functional ability, optimize movement of all body parts, and improve quality of life. Simone has been called an “animal whisperer”. Her astute listening skills produces amazing results with animals who are stressed, physical injury, abused, have incontinence, or have behavioral issues.
Benefits of SFT include faster recovery from injury or surgery, reduced stress, and improved motor function, pain reduction, increased strength and range of motion, performance enhancement and improved quality of life and connection with owner.
Types of Animal Rehabilitation Therapy
SFT Manual Therapies
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle way to help your pet heal and relax. The lymphatic system performs three important tasks.
- It helps maintain the fluid balance between the blood vessels and the tissues.
- The lymphatic system plays a large role in immunity.
- This important system also absorbs digested fats from the small intestine.
The lymphatic system is organized into two groups – the primary organs and the secondary organs.
- Primary Organs: The thymus gland and the bone marrow are primary organs. They regulate the production and differentiation of lymphocytes – the cells that make up the immune system.
- Secondary Organs: The secondary organs include the lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, aggregated lymphoid tissue, and spleen. These secondary organs are involved, to some extent, in all three lymphatic functions.
Movement is important to get the lymphatics moving.
Cranial Sacral Therapies for Animals
Feline/canines and humans have similar cranial structure. There are approximately 29 cranial bones that are connected with sutures. Cranial bones are meant to move is a consistent and rhythmical (different from the breathing rhythm and heart rhythm) pattern with each other and with the sacrum in the pelvis. The cranial sacral rhythm is faster in canines 14 – 16 times per minute than humans 8 – 12 times per minute.
This rhythm serves as a shock absorber and helps distribute the cerebral spinal fluid. The normal rhythm between the cranium and sacrum is essential for the health of the animal and for successful function of the muscular-skeletal system. Common cranial symptoms can be
- Chronic ear and sinus infections
- Lack of energy
- Excessive yawning
- Equilibrium problems
- General not feeling well
- Headaches and tilts
- Lack of energy
- Digestive issues
Other Therapies – Include Fascia Stretching SFT, exercise, therapeutic stretches and massage.
Heat therapy uses heat packs or warm, moist towels, to decrease pain and inflammation, and speed healing.
Animal rehabilitation therapy has greatly expanded over the years to include help for dogs/cats/horses suffering a wide range of disabling conditions, including gait abnormalities, spinal cord injuries, joint injuries, soft tissue injuries, arthritis, inflammation and swelling, pain, overuse injuries, and geriatric conditions.
Obesity. General rule, don’t feed your pet human food, chips, junk food, sugar or fake foods of any kind. Health problems resulting from obesity are similar to humans – include joint and musculoskeletal problems, exercise and heat intolerance, and lung and heart disease.
Exercise is an important component in achieving weight loss, while at the same time building muscle mass and improving an animal’s strength and overall condition. Exercise therapy for obesity should be customized for the individual patient.
Conditions Treated include
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint Pain
- Muscles Pain
- Low Energy
Treatment plans and home care is essential to healing.
Formal rehabilitation therapies sessions are typically accompanied by individually designed home care plans that provide valuable specific guidance to pet owners in helping their pet recover mobility and a good quality of life.