Ramps for Canine Rehabilitation and Strengthening



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 has shown, 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
  • Lumbosacral Disease
  • Medial shoulder instability
  • Biceps tendinopathy
  • Supraspinatus tendinopathy
  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease (conservatively/surgically managed)
  • Patella Luxation (conservatively/surgically managed)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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 the Step System and SafeRocker+using the same secure, non-slip surface. A complete set comprises four stackable ramps, but they can also be purchased individually.

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