Therapeutic exercise

Clin Tech Small Anim Pract. 2007 Nov;22(4):155-9. doi: 10.1053/j.ctsap.2007.09.003.


Therapeutic exercise is a key component of any rehabilitation program and should be included as part of the concurrent care of any patient whether that patient has two or four legs. Physical therapists have been utilizing therapeutic exercises with great success since the conception of the profession in the beginning of the twentieth century and it has been demonstrated to be fundamental in improving function, performance and disability. Therapeutic exercise can consist of a variety of exercises inclusive of balance, strengthening, range of motion, endurance, and plyometric activities. The goals of therapeutic exercises include the restoration of movement, improvement of function and strength, improvement in gait and balance, and the prevention and the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness. Specific exercises are aimed at restoring strength, power and work, or endurance, or a combination. Therapeutic exercises are also utilized to increase range of motion, decrease pain, improve balance and proprioception, and restore function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / veterinary*
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods*