Thursday, August 5, 2010

Physical Therapy

I officially got my physical therapy instructions from the vets at WSU, so this morning Mom and I had our first session.  She has been icing my back legs since Monday but today was a bit more intensive.  First, she used a warm, damp cloth to warm up my back right leg for 10 minutes. Then, she did about 5-6 different exercises on my leg.  The papers in front of me are the exercise directions.  She did things like bending my toes, moving my ankle back toward my booty, straightening my legs, and other things like that.  At first I was a little weirded out by all of this but once the treats started flowing I was good to go. BOL!  Actually she limited my treats but they did help.  She was counting to five and holding each movement of my leg as she did them.  Reluctantly, I will admit it was very soothing and I slowly lowered my body down to the ground even further and Mom says she could feel me relax.  She also said my eyes communicated relaxation to her as well, but I really don't think she can tell that from my eyes.  After all the exercises, she then iced my leg for 10-15 minutes with a bag of CORN!  Can you believe that...corn, really?  The part of my back right leg that is actually the worst is my deep digital flexor tendon which runs down the inside of my right hock.  That part did get iced too, but now that Mom knows its exact location she will focus on that area the most.  After all that she then did the same thing to my left leg and apparently we get to do it again tonight!  I may start getting used to all this pampering.

26 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You have such a wonderful and patient Mom, Nala - she so wants to help you get better. And aren't you such a sweet girl to cooperate - bet those treats make it all worthwhile.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

brooke said...

I love corn! :)
Hopefully all this bending and stretching and warming and icing will have you back to normal in no time!

Tessa the Maltese said...

You sure have a good nurse Mom! We sure hope that all that PT works well for you and your back to running with no pain real soon!

woo woos, Tessa

ppp sss, I like corn too!

Sagira said...

Hope all the therapy works and you are back to new in no time at all. :)

The Army of Four said...

When our mom needs an ice pack, she uses peas. So basically I'm saying our mom is a little odd about that, too.
Were you reading the PT instructions to your mom? Ha roo roo roo!
Good luck with therapy!
Play bows,
Zim

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi Nala!
So happy to hear you don't have a bone/joint disorder!! And so good of your mom to follow dr's orders - I hope you were following along on the instructions. :) Sounds like all the pampering could be fun! Hope you are all better in no time!
Love your twin,
Clover xo

Priscilla said...

I hope all the therapy works on you!!
Your mom is very sweet.

Raising Addie said...

Did you get to eat some of the corn after?

Glad that your results came back good on the scan. We just know that physical therapy will help get you better!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Mango said...

Hey! That physical therapy sounds like good stuff. I think maybe the Mango could use some of that. Did you learn how to do it from your vet or did you have to go to a special therapies doctor?

Slobbers,
Mango

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I would rekhwest some frozen peas!!!!!!!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Remi said...

At least it wasn't a bag of frozen CARROTS!!

JD and Max said...

Hi Nala,

We're sorry we haven't left many comments recently - Shelby's auction is taking up a lot of our time at the moment and although we've avidly been following your progress we haven't had much time to leave comments.

We're glad that you have a course of action to follow now, especially one that involves noms! Your mom is just wonderful, you two were SO meant to be together!

We're still sending all our healing schnauzer vibes your way and we hope you just keep getting better and better!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

mayziegal said...

Your mom sure does luvs you, Nala! I'm glad you're starting to likes your physical therapy stuff. I know it's going to make you feel lots better in no time!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Maggie and Mitch said...

You're a lucky girl to have such a knowledgeable mom, Nala! She sure does love you!
We like the sounds of all of those treat rewards!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Ms. ~K said...

Let Mom pamper you, sweet Nala!
You deserve it...
Hugs to Mom and belly rubs to you!
~K

Heather and Walter said...

Hi There! My pug, Walter was hit by a car last year. I found those disposable heat pads - "Beyond Bodi Heat Pain Relieving Heat Pads" - worked wonders. You can stick them anywhere and unlike a washcloth, they're dry and unlike a electric heating pad, you don't have to worry about burns. They just deliver slow steady heat. Hope that helps...we're pulling for you!

Momo and Pinot said...

Hello Nala!!! We read about you on Clover's blog and wanted to stop by and say woooooooof!!!!

We love the anniversary photos. Your pawrents and you look very nice together.

Momo & Pinot

Kasha said...

Holy cow Amber! What a terrific mom you are! Im so sorry for Nala, but she is in good hands for sure! I hope she heals quickly and appropriately. Bless your hearts!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow, Nala - can I book your human for me too? I could sure use some of that nice massage you seem to be getting!!

Glad to hear that you're enjoying your therapy - I hope it really helps you get better quickly!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - those exercises sound wonderful. Can you mom stop by here and do them?

P.S. - Hope the recovery is going well.

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Urban canines said...

Glad you are recovering and with such a great Mom you will be back running around very soon!
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twinkietinydog said...

Corn, peas, whatever it takes. Get well soon, kk?
Twinkie

Beaudor said...

Hoping no news is good news.
High five,
Beaudor and a big hug from Mom.

Katherine and Pippa said...

Nala - so sorry I have not been around and missed that you have had problems :(

I would have sent you lots and lots of pawsome thoughts, well I will do anyway and hope your leg gets much better very very quickly.

Pippa

Puggle Preston said...

aww..your mommy loves you very very much.

wags,
Preston