Thermotherapy involves applying external heat to your pet, with a moist, warm towel or heating blanket, for five to seven minutes. Heat can reduce inflammation and help pets relax.
Thermotherapy is often used to treat arthritis and general muscle tightness. We also use it to warm up ligaments, tendons and muscles prior to exercise or massage, as it improves flexibility. Your 4Paws Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic veterinarian may also prescribe thermotherapy treatments to be conducted at home.
Cryotherapy involves applying cold compresses to your pet, with bags of frozen peas or soft gel ice packs, for five to seven minutes. This constricts blood vessels and thus reduces pain, inflammation and muscle spasms.
Cryotherapy is regularly used to treat arthritis and postoperative pain and inflammation. It can also be used to prevent inflammation before or after exercise. Your 4Paws Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic veterinarian may also prescribe cryotherapy treatments to be conducted at home.
Contact 4Paws Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic to learn more about how thermotherapy and cryotherapy can benefit your pet.