Based on a 2000-year old Nordic relaxation ritual, thermotherapy treatment at American Pet Clinic uses alternating hot and cold temperatures which are then followed by a period of rest.

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What is Thermotherapy?

Thermotherapy is a therapeutic rehabilitation technique that alternates between superficial heat therapy and cryotherapy.

This technique helps to reduce pain in animals and increases healing and relaxation.

Our veterinarians may advise thermotherapy to be done at home to complement treatments done at our hospital.

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Cryotherapy Uses

Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, constricts blood vessels and reduces pain, muscle spasms, and cellular metabolism.

Cryotherapy can be used to treat the following:

    • Trauma
    • Acute arthritis and tendonitis
    • Muscle damage
    • Swelling and inflammation
    • Chronic and postoperative pain
    • Reducing anxiety and depression

    Cryotherapy Modalities

    Cryotherapy at our hospital can include the use of ice massage, cold whirlpool, ice immersion, and cold compression.

    Superficial Heat Therapy Uses

    Superficial heat therapy improves circulation and flexibility of the fibrous tissues while reducing pain and muscle tension.

    Heat therapy can be used to treat the following:

    • Chronic arthritis
    • Spondylarthrosis
    • Muscle tightness and tension
    • To prepare tendons and ligaments for exercise
    • To warm muscles prior to massage and
    • Prior to local electrical stimulation

    Superficial Heat Therapy Modalities

    Commonly used modalities for superficial heat therapy include heating pads, hot packs, paraffin baths, infrared, and fluidotherapy.

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