Like our hydro-treadmill therapy, we also use a specially developed canine land treadmill to increase strength, balance, and coordination. This form of therapy, while used less often than our hydro-treadmill therapy, has advantages in some situations:
- Stimulation of bone growth and strengthening
- Ability to vary the rate of incline and decline, thereby concentrating the effort to specific muscle groups
- More beneficial at certain stages of post-joint surgery rehabilitation (ie cruciate, hips, elbows)
One of the limitations of the land treadmill is that there is no ability to reduce pressure on the joints as there is with hydro-treadmill therapy. Therefore, hydro-treadmill therapy is used primarily for patients with joint pain, whereas land treadmill therapy is used primarily for strengthening in the absence of pain, or re-education of balance.