Custom Therapeutic Exercise & Sports Conditioning

Following an initial consultation with Dr. Ilana, it may be determined that a program of customized therapeutic exercise is recommended for your pet as part of his/her overall treatment plan. Below we describe the many components of the multi-disciplinary Physical Rehabilitation offered by the services offered by A Well Adjusted Pet in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Therapeutic exercise is a foundational component of canine therapy. Dr. Ilana will develop an individualized therapeutic exercise program for every dog she treats. Additionally she will monitor each patient's progress and modify each exercise session to advance at the speed and comfort level of each pet.

We establish a step-by-step progression of exercises for your dog designed to:

  • Increase muscle flexibility
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Increase balance and coordination
  • Increase overall endurance
  • Normalize walking

In therapy we have fun and challenging exercise equipment for your dog including discs, balance boards, peanuts and much more to reach the desired goals of each pet.

Therapeutic exercise is a critical component of the rehabilitation process for dogs who have had back surgeries and hind leg weakness. Following knee, elbow and hip surgeries, exercise routines assist to improve mobility and strength of those involved joints.

Advanced exercises help our sports and performance dogs build strength and endurance to take them to the next level of competition. Practicing specific exercises also benefit dogs who are overweight or dogs who suffer from joint pain due to osteoarthritis, trauma or age related deficits.

Additionally, we specialize in instructing each owner with a home exercise program that they can follow through with at home to compliment the sessions at A Well Adjusted Pet.

Dr. Ilana also regularly teaches Senior Pup Pilates Class at SF/SPCA. Visit here for more information and future dates: https://www.sfspca.org/behavior-training/dog-training/specialty/senior-pup-pilates

The Benefits of Custom Therapeutic Exercise

We are here to assist patients that have mobility impairments, chronic physical pain, athletic/sports injuries, or those recovering from orthopedic/neurologic surgeries. Physical Rehabilitation services enhance the quality of care that A Well Adjusted Pet already provides your pet! In addition to integrative medical services, Dr. Ilana Strubel is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Veterinary Chiropractor to help with your pet’s rehab needs.

We can provide rehabilitative services for such conditions as:

  • Arthritis
  • Conditioning for Performance Events
  • Facilitate Weight Loss
  • Muscle Building
  • Neurosurgery Recovery & Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Spinal Disease

In addition to other services, Dr. Ilana recommends an array of specific rehabilitative treatments and devices to help your pet get back on track. Her recommendations include:

  • Custom Exercise Programs
  • Electrical Stimulation Therapies
  • Custom Braces and Support Wraps
  • Mobility Cart Fittings
  • Dog-lifting Mobility Harnesses and Slings
  • Therapeutic Laser
  • Magnetic Field Therapy/PEMF
  • Spinal Manipulation Therapy/Chiropractic
  • Chinese Herbal Consultation and Acupuncture

Any patient that needs mobility assisting devices must first be thoroughly evaluated by Dr. Ilana, who may recommend products from this list.

If your pet is recovering from a recent surgery, we must receive a completed authorization release form from your referring veterinarian(s) or veterinary surgical specialist in order to begin treating your pet with physical rehabilitation exercise services. We also request that all clients complete our Pet Mobility Questionnaire.

If you are otherwise seeking consultation please request that your regular veterinarian(s) send all medical records, diagnostic imaging results, and surgical reports prior to your appointment.

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