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Physical Therapy - how often?
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1 June 2013 - 4:58 pm
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My mom is wondering what everyone's thoughts are on Physical Therapy and muscle building...

my mom has me back to the professionals now to help me build muscle and is taking me twice a week, but  she started thinking will i get the same benefit going once a week for a longer period of time? Or should she keep me going twice a week for a shorter duration? My whole goal in going is muscle building...

The CCRT only says that we can see how I do if I drop to once a week for a longer period, which my mom was kinda disappointed with that answer because she would think they would know more about muscle building than anyone and know what a better schedule would be for me.

I know I can't be the only Tripawd out there who has no muscle! big-grin So please share your thoughts do you think less times a week for a longer period or more times a week for a shorter period or either one will accomplish the same goal?

Thank you for any advice anyone has!

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Well my lovely bride I think you look beauuuuuuutiful just the way you are. But hey if you want even more curves I'm all for that.

So this is the thing: from what my fellow gym rats have told me, working out for dogs is a lot like working out for humans. Both of us get more exercise benefits out of shorter, more frequent activity than one long burst of activity. For example, going on shorter more frequent runs or swims throughout the week is much more beneficial than exercising just one hour a week. It's easier to keep up your strength that way and it also keeps your metabolism running at a stable pace.

Does that make sense?


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We went once a week, and it included the UW Treadmill, wobble board, cavalettis, stretching and ROM work, laser therapy, and a few other exercises. We also did some sort of PT activity on our own at home daily (short walks, sit-to-stands, ROM stuff, that sort of thing). Basically, the in-office visit was for the stuff we couldn't do at home, and for prgress assessment.

So, if you are doing stuff at home, you're probably okay going less often. It's all about frequency and consistency.

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Oh Wyatt of course your make sense! I understand you perfectly, which is why I love you so!


My routine at PT is almost identical to mmrocker13 only i am not getting laser therapy, even our at home stuff sounds really close to what we have been doing and much to my chagrin my mom says we will probably always have to do!  I guess I shouldn't complain to much my mom pays me really well when we do our workouts, some of the payment comes in the form of belly rubs when she is working my ab muscles! big-grin


Thanks for the advice!





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