OUR SERVICES

The service begins with an initial assessment and a full health check. Your pet’s condition is discussed and a range of motion test completed to determine an individualised treatment plan. The assessment also includes an initial treatment. The services of Laser, TENS, massage, treadmill, acupuncture and exercise will then be determined. A combination is sometimes used and other times they are done separately and/or in a sequence.

TREATMENT PLANS

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation we will tailor treatment plans to each animal for their individual needs. This is achieved by combining our range of services (laser, TENS, underwater treadmill, massage and exercises) and will be most suitable to the particular point of their rehabilitation journey. Our treatment plans cover the treatments your pet will receive while at IAR but also include exercises to carry on at home and management strategies so that the patient achieves the best results possible.

TREATMENT PLANS

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation we will tailor treatment plans to each animal for their individual needs. This is achieved by combining our range of services (laser, TENS, underwater treadmill, massage and exercises) and will be most suitable to the particular point of their rehabilitation journey. Our treatment plans cover the treatments your pet will receive while at IAR but also include exercises to carry on at home and management strategies so that the patient achieves the best results possible.

LASER

Laser is a therapeutic modality using red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce therapeutic effects, such as:

  • Decreasing inflammation

  • Reducing pain

  • Enhancing tissue healing

  • Reducing scar tissue

  • Increasing circulation to the affected area
  • Improving nerve function
  • Targeting trigger and acupuncture points

At the Illawarra Animal Hospital, we have a Class 4 laser that we can use to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions and superficial wounds, including incisions following surgery.

LASER

Laser is a therapeutic modality using red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce therapeutic effects, such as:

  • Decreasing inflammation

  • Reducing pain

  • Enhancing tissue healing

  • Reducing scar tissue

  • Increasing circulation to the affected area
  • Improving nerve function
  • Targeting trigger and acupuncture points

At the Illawarra Animal Hospital, we have a Class 4 laser that we can use to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions and superficial wounds, including incisions following surgery.

TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS)

TENS is an electrical current which stimulates the nerves in the skin, thereby decreasing the perception of pain. It is not a painful sensation for the patient and the intensity of the treatment is set within the patient’s individual threshold. The benefits of TENS are:

  • Analgesic treatment for acute or chronic pain and relief of muscle spasm
  • Its pain relief effects allow for increased joint range of motion
  • Can be used to prevent muscle wastage

Following treatment with TENS at Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation the pain relief effects can last between 30 minutes to days. TENS is a great treatment to use prior to our underwater treadmill, as it provides immediate pain relief, therefore allowing them to work harder in their hydrotherapy session and increase function/get stronger faster.

TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS)

TENS is an electrical current which stimulates the nerves in the skin, thereby decreasing the perception of pain. It is not a painful sensation for the patient and the intensity of the treatment is set within the patient’s individual threshold. The benefits of TENS are:

  • Analgesic treatment for acute or chronic pain and relief of muscle spasm
  • Its pain relief effects allow for increased joint range of motion
  • Can be used to prevent muscle wastage

Following treatment with TENS at Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation the pain relief effects can last between 30 minutes to days. TENS is a great treatment to use prior to our underwater treadmill, as it provides immediate pain relief, therefore allowing them to work harder in their hydrotherapy session and increase function/get stronger faster.

MASSAGE

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation the nurses and vet are trained in a combination of Tui-na Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Remedial Massage techniques here at Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation.

EFFECTS OF MASSAGE THERAPY:

  • Relaxation effects which can help with anxiety and stress
  • Releases muscle tension and restores movement
  • Harmonizes organ function which will support issues such as digestive disorders
  • Increases lymphatic drainage
  • Promotes blood circulation which therefore helps to relieve pain

MASSAGE

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation the nurses and vet are trained in a combination of Tui-na Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Remedial Massage techniques here at Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation.

EFFECTS OF MASSAGE THERAPY:

  • Relaxation effects which can help with anxiety and stress
  • Releases muscle tension and restores movement
  • Harmonizes organ function which will support issues such as digestive disorders
  • Increases lymphatic drainage
  • Promotes blood circulation which therefore helps to relieve pain

HYDROTHERAPY TREADMILL

Our underwater treadmill allows us to provide gold standard veterinary rehabilitation through controlled hydrotherapy for all animals, in any condition and any age.

There are many properties of water that we utilise to help our rehabilitation patients:

  • Reduce pain in our patients while exercising through the buoyancy of the water supporting their weight and relieving the pressure from their joints

  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water helps the patient with any swelling and promotes circulation
  • Confidence – the support of the water allows our animals to move more comfortably, particularly with weak or neurological animals that are worried about falling over when walking on regular ground.
  • The viscosity of the water means our dogs have to work harder to walk through the water than the air and this helps to strengthen their muscles faster and more accurately.

Treatment options that we can perform in the treadmill include:

• Water massage
• Passive range of motion and weight bearing exercises
• Walking – variety of protocols
• Hill work – the treadmill can be placed on an incline to increase muscle effort in a particular region of the body
• Jets – for massage and increasing the difficulty of the walking exercises

There are numerous uses for the underwater treadmill for post-operative patients, weight management animals, fitness in sporting and competition dogs, maintenance of strength in old and arthritic dogs, the list is endless! We can’t wait for your dogs to have a go!

HYDROTHERAPY TREADMILL

Our underwater treadmill allows us to provide gold standard veterinary rehabilitation through controlled hydrotherapy for all animals, in any condition and any age.

There are many properties of water that we utilise to help our rehabilitation patients:

  • Reduce pain in our patients while exercising through the buoyancy of the water supporting their weight and relieving the pressure from their joints

  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water helps the patient with any swelling and promotes circulation
  • Confidence – the support of the water allows our animals to move more comfortably, particularly with weak or neurological animals that are worried about falling over when walking on regular ground.
  • The viscosity of the water means our dogs have to work harder to walk through the water than the air and this helps to strengthen their muscles faster and more accurately.

Treatment options that we can perform in the treadmill include:

• Water massage
• Passive range of motion and weight bearing exercises
• Walking – variety of protocols
• Hill work – the treadmill can be placed on an incline to increase muscle effort in a particular region of the body
• Jets – for massage and increasing the difficulty of the walking exercises

There are numerous uses for the underwater treadmill for post-operative patients, weight management animals, fitness in sporting and competition dogs, maintenance of strength in old and arthritic dogs, the list is endless! We can’t wait for your dogs to have a go!

ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURE

Animal Acupuncture can be used to treat specific conditions, and it can be used to help prevent health problems from occurring. Acupuncture is a gentle Therapy for your pet that can work in conjunction with other Therapy Treatments offered by Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation.

Through modern studies involving advanced imaging techniques, acupuncture’s physiological effects have been proven. And, since acupuncture does not involve medications that need to be metabolized, it can be safely performed in almost all pets, even those with liver and kidney disease.

We tailor your pets acupuncture treatment after a comprehensive physical exam, detailed history, and an assessment of neurological and musculoskeletal systems.

Most pets feel no pain during the placement of the acupuncture needles because they are so small. In fact, many pets become relaxed during treatments and can even fall asleep.

Fully qualified Acupuncturist Rae Hennessy uses Traditional Chinese Acupuncture to work on restoring the imbalance or disharmony of the body’s life energy “Qi”, by identifying imbalances and using small needles that are inserted into the skin at specific points where life energy is believed to flow restoring your pet’s overall well-being.

BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE

  • Assists with Pain relief and Decreases Inflammation
  • Improves circulation and helps progress Mobility
  • Nerve stimulation and Relief of muscle spasms
  • Endorphin release to promote general health, wellbeing and quality of life
  • Acupuncture can help with conditions such as – Arthritic, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Chronic Injuries, Gastrointestinal problems, Back pain and Joint pain and Neurological Conditions
After an acupuncture treatment, the physiological changes can cause your pet’s health condition to seem worse for up to 48 hours before improvement begins. And, some pets may experience drowsiness or lethargy for the first day after an acupuncture treatment.

EXERCISE

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation, the Rehab team will incorporate a variety of exercises suited to each patient that will assist in their progress. Some examples include:

  • Cavallettis (trot poles) will help to improve proprioception, weight bearing, range of motion and correction of gait pattern
  • Rocker boards for core strengthening and weight shifting
  • Inflatable exercise balls are used for stabilizing movement, balance and also used for stretching

EXERCISE

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation, the Rehab team will incorporate a variety of exercises suited to each patient that will assist in their progress. Some examples include:

  • Cavallettis (trot poles) will help to improve proprioception, weight bearing, range of motion and correction of gait pattern
  • Rocker boards for core strengthening and weight shifting
  • Inflatable exercise balls are used for stabilizing movement, balance and also used for stretching

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