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What is Canine Rehabilitation?

     Canine rehabilitation is a relatively new field of veterinary medicine that involves evaluation and treatment of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals suffering from injury or pathology.  Veterinarians typically refer clients for this service when quality of life is affected.

     Canine rehabilitation therapists are trained to evaluate the animals’ muscle strength, joint mobility, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, soft tissue mobility, and movement patterns (how they walk, change positions, perform tasks, etc.). The patient’s medical history, home environment, prior level of function, behavioral tendencies and client goals are all reviewed and considered when developing an individualized plan of care.  Interventions are designed to meet the goals established in the plan of care. These can include, but are not limited to:  ​​

Modalities

LASER

ULTRASOUND

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

PERCUSSIVE MASSAGE

PEMF

HEAT THERAPY
CRYOTHERAPY

 

Manual therapy

MASSAGE

SOFT TISSUE TECHNIQUES

JOINT MOBILIZATION

STRETCHING

TAPING

Therapeutic Exercise

Prescribed movement designed to improve range of motion, strength, endurance, or well-being, often with a specific functional goal in mind

Water therapy

Provides a low impact environment that can help improve range of motion, strength, and overall endurance without stressing the joints

Owner Education

Provides information regarding how to best care for your pet while he or she is recovering

Balance Training

Improves stability and proprioception (knowing where the body is in space)

Gait Training

Helps your dog to ambulate efficiently by promoting normalized walking patterns

Neurodevelopmental sequence training

Typically performed with neurologically involved animals with goal of progressing through a series of functional postures.

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