Active range of motion is better tolerated and is more effective than passive range of motion. Remedial exercises require repetition and are therefore ideally performed by an owner.
Once an injury has been stabilised remedial exercise can be prescribed to promote optimal repair and return to function. Remedial exercise may initially involve transitioning of the animals weight to promote limb use. The exercise difficulty is gradually increased to further challenge the recovering tissues and to promote strengthening. Strengthening is important to stabilise the limb, prevent further injury and prevent compensatory injury of the opposite limb.
Alternatively remedial exercise can target dysfunction of the animals core by increasing strength and flexibility and the animal is therefore better able to carry themselves, and in the case of horses, a rider.
Remedial exercises for dogs include sit to stands, baited stretches, use of a wobble cushion, crawling under poles, walking over poles or weaving through poles, to name but a few. Remedial exercises for horses include combining lunging, long-reining or riding with walking through long grass, incline walking, pole-work or weaving and can involve the application of a pessoa training aid or the performance of baited stretches following exercise.
The previously mentioned exercises are just a small selection of what is available to us. Remedial exercises can be tailored to your animals discipline or favourite activities and are the best way of returning them to their original level of activity following injury or improving performance. I work in conjunction with owners to develop an ideal exercise programme for the individual animals needs.