Pilates and paddle boarding give pup new lease of life - The Solihull Observer

Pilates and paddle boarding give pup new lease of life

Solihull Editorial 18th Jan, 2021 Updated: 18th Jan, 2021   0

PILATES and paddle boarding sessions have helped a Dachshund plagued with spinal and neck problems get back to normal life.

Pip was found to be suffering from a herniated disc in her neck after undergoing two operations.

The seven-year-old dog was then referred to Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service where it was decided due to her previous operations veterinary physiotherapist Emma Box would led Pip’s latest round of treatment.

Emma set out a plan which included several pilates style stretches and exercises, massage and laser therapy and weekly physiotherapy sessions for Pip.




Emma said: “Each exercise has a particular target and aimed to challenge Pip as she progressed, many of them were aimed at improving Pip’s core strength, balance and posture, similar to Pilates exercises.

“One particular exercise involved Pip standing on a wobble cushion because adding varying degrees of instability into an easy posture, such as standing, activates the muscles in her core and spine making her work harder to stay balanced.


“Pip can now perform functional activities around the house far more easily, enabling her to live a normal dog life.

“She’s now made a full recovery after four long months of commitment from her owners although we love seeing Pip back for her maintenance physiotherapy sessions, where we aim to keep her fit and do all we can to prevent further injury.”

Pip has even joined owner Joanna Day, from Warwick, on a paddle boarding sessions.

Joanna said: “This was Pip’s third episode of intervertebral disc herniation and third disc rupture, so she is a dog who has been through a lot and who knows pain well.

“Emma is gentle and kind and Pip responds beautifully to her approach. I totally trusted Emma to work with Pip without my presence during lockdown, which would not have happened were I not completely sure she was in good hands.

“I have really felt we have been working together to get Pip pain free and happy, and that she will continue to receive truly expert care.”

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