SERVICES

Under Water Treadmill

Our large under water treadmill allows room for all size and breeds of dogs to carry out there therapy programs comfortably. Water treadmill is the action of continuously walking in warm water in a controlled environment to improve muscle strength, tone and body co-ordination. 

This under water treadmill is specifically designed for canine rehabilitation, it has features such as 360 viewing windows for gait assessment, a smooth belt that can be reversed if necessary and electronic incline which can be used where appropriate in your pets rehab plan.  This treatment is a controlled therapy and can be used to target certain muscles and joints for bespoke rehab plans. The water depth, belt speed and duration of the session can all be adjusted to create a specialized pan for your dogs rehab or sport requirements. 

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Swimming Pool

Our 4.7m x 2.5m pool allows ample space for rehabilitation to be carried out. The partially sunken pool allows the patient to swim at a natural walking height for the dogs, this means they are not straining their neck to look up at their owners. Our therapist always assists in the pool with your dog to ensure they are safe while carrying out their treatment programs. The pool is accessed by a ramp and has an additional flat surface to allow the dog to stand in the water this so the therapist can carry out patient checks and warm water massage if necessary. 

Pool swimming for rehabilitation is slow and controlled to allow the animal to increase their range of movement of stiff joints and muscles. Pool swims are completely non weight bearing which takes the weight off their joints.

Our water is heated to 30 degrees to allow for therapeutic swimming. 

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Physiotherapy 
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Physiotherapy at The ARC is carried out by ACPAT physiotherapist Kat Clarke and her team.  Kat uses a range of physiotherapy techniques to offer bespoke rehab plans catered to your pets requirements. 

Treatment techniques:

  • Hands on techniques - massage / soft tissue release / joint mobilisations / sensory techniques

  • Electrotherapy - pulsed electromagnetic energy / laser / light therapy / muscle stim or TENs

  • Exercise programmes - range of movement / stretches / strength and proprioception

  • Static postures, gait re-education and proprioception work

  • Endurance and stamina training 

  • Advice & education

  • Orthotic advice and application

  • Referral to hydrotherapy / Liaison with other professionals.

Physiotherapy can assist in:

  • Management of chronic conditions, e.g. Osteoarthritis

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Orthopaedic Conditions (Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cruciate Disease...etc)

  • Neurological cases (Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy...etc)

  • Rehabilitation post operatively (Orthopaedic / Neurological surgery)

  • Performance enhancement / MOT sessions for our sporting animals

  • Lifestyle / weight management programmes

For more infomation check out: https://www.katclarkephysio.co.uk/

Chronic Pain Management Consultations & Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture has become increasingly more popular and useful as an adjunctive therapy to conventional medicine in animals, as well as humans. By practicing a more western approach to acupuncture, Ailsa combines traditional needling techniques with a more scientific approach to needle placement, which stimulates the body’s repair systems. Acupuncture is a very safe treatment modality if practices appropriately, and is generally well tolerated by most of our pets. Consultations are between 30-60 minutes in length, and initial treatment packages are available, with maintenance appointments at varying intervals thereafter.

 

K-laser therapy is becoming another popular modality in pain management. A Class IV laser uses light energy to stimulate a healing response in tissues that are damaged or functioning abnormally. Laser can be used to reduce inflammation and pain, and increase the body’s healing capacity. Consultations and treatment times are relatively short and very well tolerated by our pets, with initial treatment packages and maintenance appointment available.

 

Ailsa offers pain clinics and acupuncture sessions through veterinary referral only (either your regular veterinary practice or veterinary specialist) and will require access to your pet’s full medical history.

 

If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, Ailsa can be contacted via: