Dog Ramps for Rehabilitation and Strengthening
Slope work is an essential element of rehabilitation. The use of ramps as part of a rehabilitation programme not only promotes strengthening and proprioception, but as research proves, it enhances the active range of movement.
Carr, J & Millis, Darryl & Weng, Hsin-Yi. (2013) demonstrated that ramp and stair ascent consistently had greater range of motion compared to trotting on a flat surface, and ramp ascent had significantly greater range of motion compared to stair ascent (P<0·05). Shoulder flexion and extension, elbow extension and carpal flexion were all significantly greater while ascending the ramp compared to stairs.
Ideal for a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programme
Ramp work is an essential part of a comprehensive programme of rehabilitation, but creating the right slope conditions can be difficult to achieve for different sizes of dog with a single piece of equipment. This is where the Ramp Set comes in. Comprising four stable, but lightweight units it can be configured readily in a wide range of ways and slope steepness.
The Ramp Set can be used:
- As part of rehabilitation for neurologically compromised dogs.
- For dogs recovering from orthopaedic conditions.
- As an introduction to ‘ramp’ training for anxious dogs.
- As part of a strengthening/conditioning programme for agility and gun dogs.
Conditions for which the Ramp Set can be used include:
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Lumbasacral Disease
- Medial shoulder instability
- Biceps tendinopathy
- Supraspinatus tendonopathy
- Cranial cruciate ligament disease (conservatively/surgically managed)
- Patella Luxation (conservatively/surgically managed)
- Body conditioning in sports dogs
Ramp Set Details
Ramps are 50 x 50 cm with an individual slope angle of 9 degrees. The step height is 7.2 cm. They have a high density EVA foam core with non-slip fine ribbed rubber matting on both sides. This ribbed matting locks together so they can be safely stacked.
The Ramp Set combines well with both the Step System and SafeRocker+using the same secure, non-slip surface. A full set comprises of four stackable ramps, but they can also be purchased as single units.
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