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The latest research shows that muscles and tissues heal faster when they are allowed free range of motion. But, following a procedure — such as a hip replacement or orthopedic surgery — your pet will likely feel less inclined to walk around due to pain or discomfort. 


With the H2O Oasis walk-in underwater treadmill, your pet will have increased buoyancy, which means less weight will be placed on the areas being treated. Underwater treadmill exercises are one of the most effective ways to maintain nutrient and oxygen flow to the muscles, allowing them to heal more quickly.


Sometimes referred to as “cold laser therapy” or “low-level laser therapy”, Class IV lasers are designed to produce a range of light frequencies that are designed for healing. Laser therapy has proven to be an effective method in treating tendon and soft-tissue injuries; it’s also shown to be beneficial with acute and chronic conditions such as arthritis. 


The exact mechanism of how Class IV lasers promote healing is believed to be the light frequency’s stimulation of mitochondria, which promotes ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an essential amino acid that transfers energy from cell to cell. But, low-level light therapy has also shown to stimulate cells that assist with functions of immunity — a key part of the healing process.


Electircal stimulation can be a useful physical therapy and rehabilitation modality for various orthopedic and neurological diseases; especially those causing acute and chronic pain, or muscle atrophy (Bockstahler et al., 2004) . The use of low electrical frequencies to provide pain relief date back to Melzack and Wall's gate control theory of pain control in 1965. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)-used especially for pain management- passes an electrical current across the intact skin surface to activate the underlying nerves.


TENS has been trialled in dogs with osteoarthritic pain in the knee joint (Johnston et al., 2002). The results showed pain levels improved as the dogs were able to bear more weight in the limb 30 minutes after therapy. This benefit lasted for a few hours afterwards, but additional pain management would be needed for the longer term. In another study, TENS was applied to dogs with spinal arthritis over a course of 10 days (Krstic et al., 2010). All dogs that received the therapy had a significant decrease in pain at rest, during activity, and when touched.


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