Thermotherapy is often combined with range of motion exercises, stretching, and massage. Range of motion and stretching exercises are passive movements used to improve normal joint flexion and extension maintaining flexibility of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These exercises are very important to prevent muscle contracture and scar tissue formation in a patient with limited or lack of mobility in an affected limb.
All of these therapies are used in the clinical setting, but many can also be incorporated into an at-home rehabilitation program. At Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation, our CCRPs will demonstrate these techniques and teach you how they may be used to benefit your pet.