Acupuncture is the placement of small sterile needles in specific points on the body to achieve a desired physiologic effect. It is a means to help the body heal itself by affecting the central nervous system, increasing circulation, relieving muscle spasm, and causing the release of hormones called endorphins which are the bodies’ natural pain killers. Acupuncture can be used for many conditions including musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders. In veterinary rehabilitation acupuncture is used for it’s analgesic and nerve stimulating properties for such conditions as osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, trigger points and nerve damage.
Underwater Treadmill Hydrotherapy
Exercising in the underwater treadmill (UWTM) is a safe, low impact method to strengthen muscles, increase range of motion, challenge balance and coordination, and increase metabolism to encourage weight loss.
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Balance and Strengthening Exercises
A variety of exercise equipment is used to enhance strength, balance and coordination and increase flexibility.
A variety of techniques are used to assess and treat mobility issues. Stretching is used to increase muscle flexibility. Passive range of motion (PROM) exercises are used to increase range of motion (ROM) and is an important part of the HEP. Joint mobilization techniques are used to increase joint ROM, decrease pain and reduce muscle spasm. Soft tissue massage is used to enhance circulation, mobilize connective tissue, increase flexibility and decrease pain.
Rehab services we provide:
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Class IV Laser Therapy
Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) therapy uses light energy to decrease pain, speed the healing of muscles, tendons and ligaments, enhance nerve cell regeneration, and accelerate cartilage formation and wound healing.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) helps prevent muscle atrophy, build muscle strength, aid in muscle re-education, decrease pain and swelling and reduce muscle spasm.
Home Exercise Plan
The rehab team will work closely with you to develop a Home Exercise Plan (HEP) as part of the treatment protocol. During re-evaluations the HEP will progress according to your pet’s needs and response to therapy.
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Amanda Mouradian, DVM, Sue McKelvey, DVM
Melissa Dezendorf, DVM, Sabina Johnson, DVM
Jennifer Garcia, DVM