What We Do

Aquatic Therapy

Water is without equal in terms of a exercise environment. In the pool, the warmth of the water helps to increase flexibility and mobility of muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the joints while enhancing circulation.

It is not unusual for an animal that is not using a limb on land to use it when in water. They often use it in an exaggerated motion, which adds to therapeutic benefit. The benefits are: comfortable movement, muscle strengthening, increased stamina, weight loss and increase in patient’s self confidence.

Laser Treatment

Low Level Laser Treatment (LLLT)

LLLT is used to increase quality and speed of tissue repair, decrease inflammation and aid pain relief. The effects happen at the cellular level where ATP production is increased which fosters faster wound healing, stimulation of nerve function, decreased inflammation and reorganization of scar tissue.

How does it work? LLLT delivers units of light energy known as photons during a treatment. Photons are then absorbed by cells needing help and they help normalize the tissue by activating enzymes. The light penetrates into the tissues without any heating effect, no skin damage, and no known side effects. There is no need to shave the animal for treatment to work effectively. The unit we use employs light in the near infrared ranges which penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum.

What conditions and species can it be used to treat? Canines - arthritis, hip dysplasia, skin conditions, post surgical pain relief and faster healing, post-op ACL surgery, wound healing, degenerative joint disease, burns and inflammation/swelling of "allergy paws", degenerative myelopathy and HOD. Equini - fractures, laminitis, stifle injury, ligaments/tendons wounds, arthritis. Our laser patients have also included cats, birds, guinea pigs, and even a porpoise!

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapies

This may be one of our offerings that sets us apart from most rehabilitative clinics. Our therapist brings twenty-four years of advanced training in manual therapies to our clinic to assist our patients’ individual needs. An example of how manual lymph drainage helped an in-house patient was the Great Pyrenees who had an edematous leg after surgery. The most effective treatment was 45 minutes of manual lymph drainage, which reduced the limb to normal size and allowed the dog to bear weight without pain which then facilitated a return to normal function and all the resultant benefits to the patient.

Neuromuscular therapy, which may be better known as trigger point therapy, is a key treatment used for human patients to normalize soft tissue circulation and to reduce muscle spasms and pain. An improvement in function always follows. Owners will be trained in some of these techniques to improve their animal’s chances at complete recovery. Stretching and range of motion activities always follow soft tissue and heat or ice therapy treatments.

Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic Exercises

We evaluate each patient and design a set of exercises that are most effective in each stage of a patient's rehabilitation. These are correlated with the original treatment protocols that are set for all patients by diagnosis. Exercises may be designed to facilitate improving balance, proprioception, flexibility, strength or stamina. We demonstrate each activity in our treatment sessions and give the owners home programs to follow on a prescribed schedule. We make every effort to support the individual needs and skills of families and patients.

Intruction for Owners

Video of Gayle's instruction for an owner after their dog had back surgery.