The missing link in every equine and canine rehabilitation program begins in the brain. The capability of the animal to return to normal function, to recover from athletic events and to reach its athletic potential depends on the ability of the nervous system to drive the musculoskeletal system to its maximum potential without irreversible injury. By addressing the weaknesses in the neurological function of the animal, these can be exposed and treated to gain the maximum function of the animal. This is the basis of evolution and survival, and when applied to rehabilitation programs, attains the utmost in athletic potential.
Rehabilitation of the athlete cannot be limited to addressing muscle fitness or oxygen capacity without addressing the neural function. Dr. Amy and Dr. O will help you formulate a realistic rehabilitation program for your animal athletes that will attempt to return them to peak performance in a healthy manner. A typical program will include neuromuscular exercises, nutritional changes, stretches and target exercises. You must remember that in a rehabilitation program steady progress is more important than fast changes. Working a little bit each day will give better net results than working longer periods a couple of times a week.