Pet Rehab Services
Yes, we're open. Because we are considered part of the medical community, we are allowed to stay open during the pandemic. That is not to say that we take this benefit lightly or that we don't take thorough precautions to protect against the Coronavirus. See details below.
Pet Rehab Client Protocols for Covid-19
Veterinary rehab services are considered essential, so while we are still open and able to serve you and your pet, we are taking prudent steps to protect you, using masks & gloves and disinfecting frequently. We are also greeting patients and their owners one at a time outside and bringing in only the pet. We clean and disinfect between each patient. If you still have concerns, please email or call us. We will be happy to answer all your questions.
Problems Helped With Pet Rehab Therapies:
1) Chronic Pain/Arthritis symptoms (knees, elbows, hips, neck, back).
2) Front/rear leg lameness.
3) Senior pets problems: weakness, poor balance, trouble rising, muscle atrophy.
4) Post-operative recovery (following knee, back, and other corrective surgeries).
5) Sports injuries--both prevention & treatment.
How pet rehab therapy works:
We use a variety of techniques and treatments described below, much as a human physical therapist does, to decrease pain and increase strength, function and mobility.
Step 1: Evaluation
Pet rehab evaluation involves a comprehensive neuromuscular physical examination, including evaluation/assessment of:
pain - posture - gait - flexibility - neurologic impairment - range of motion.
Step 2: Treatment
We offer specific, customized treatment plans and prioritize therapies aimed at helping your dog feel and move better as quickly as possible. May include any/all of the following:
(Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
1) Decreases inflammation and edema (swelling) and decreases pain (produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers).
2) Helps nerve cells regenerate, releases serotonin in blood stream--a neurotransmitter that decreases pain.
(NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation)
1) Helps reverse muscle atrophy and builds muscle strength.
2) Helps "re-educate" muscles.
(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
1) Decreases Inflammation, pain and swelling.
2) "Gates" pain (stops pain signals from getting to the brain).
(Pulse ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy)
1) FDA approved for bone healing.
2) Whole body relaxation and pain control.
MANUAL & MASSAGE THERAPIES
1) Joint Traction/compression/mobilization: controls pain and promotes increased range of motion.
2) Soft tissue manipulation to reliieve muscle trigger points and increase muscle flexibility.
Targeted exercises designed to increase strength, aid spatial awareness/balance, and normalize posture and gait.
Step 3: Home Exercises
During the rehabilitation process, we'll give you a series of easy home exercises you can do with your dog in 15 minutes or less. These are essential to continue the momentum and progress your pet has made in therapy sessions.