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Benefits of Rehab Therapy & Canine Massage

What are the benefits of Rehab Therapy?

Veterinary Rehab Therapy, sometimes referred to as animal physical therapy, employs a wide variety of therapeutic modalities intended to help strengthen, condition, and improve upon the neuromusculoskeletal functions of the body.  


Animals of all ages can benefit from rehab therapy. Whether it is conditioning for a healthy athlete, strengthening for senior pets, or even orthopedic postoperative care, physical therapy can help improve your pet’s quality of life.


What conditions can be helped with Rehab Therapy?

General Indications:

  • Pain (acute or chronic)

  • Decreased Endurance 

  • Decreased Range of Motion / Flexibility 

  • Decreased Strength 

  • Abnormal Gait 

  • Inflammation 

  • Joint Stiffness 

  • Muscle Atrophy 

  • Obesity


  • Arthritis 

  • Athletic injuries 

  • Patellar Luxation 

  • Soft Tissue Injuries - Muscle Strains, Achilles Injuries, Tendonitis/Tendionpathy 

  • Medial Shoulder Syndrome 

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia 

  • Geriatirc Support Care 

  • ACL Injury

Post-Operative Rehabilitation:

  • Amputation 

  • Arthrodesis 

  • Fracture Repair

  • Hip: Total Hip Replacement, TPO, FHO

  • Knee: TPLO, TTA

  • Spinal Surgeries 

  • Trauma 


  • Balance Disorders 

  • Paralysis 

  • Hemilaminectomy and Laminectomy

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

  • Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

  • Lumbosacral Disease 

  • Increased Tone 

  • Peripheral Nerve Injury

What are the benefits of Canine Massage Therapy?

Canine massage is a therapeutic discipline that involves directly working with all of the soft tissues of a dog’s body in order to assist the dog in achieving relief from a variety of physical and emotional challenges, including muscular soreness, chronic stress, and more.


Canine Massage...

  • Enhances muscle tone and range of motion.

  • Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.

  • Promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.

  • Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles...releasing tension...relaxing muscles.

  • Stimulates circulation by: defrosting frozen muscles, thereby releasing endorphins - the body's natural pain killers.

  • Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.

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