Physical Rehabilitation

We have specific tools to help your pet recover from an operation or injury. We are pleased to provide individualized rehabilitation therapy, such as massage and exercise ball therapy. These techniques can help your pet recover at its own pace while being closely monitored by our veterinary team, which has received specialized rehabilitation therapy training and certification.

Physical Rehabilitation is similar to Physical Therapy for humans. It is used to reduce pain while improving strength, flexibility, weight bearing and return to function.

Our certified canine rehabilitation practitioner can form an exercise program based on your pets needs after evaluation.

We use the following modalities:

  • Laser Therapy to reduce inflammation
  • Range of Motion exercises to improve weight bearing and mobility
  • Weight bearing exercises using physioballs and balance boards
  • TENS therapy to reduce discomfort
  • Acupressure
  • At home exercise programs

At IVC, we use a Class 4 Therapeutic Laser. Laser Therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that reduces inflammation and pain. Laser therapy is helpful in treating acute pain, chronic pain, and postoperative pain. Laser therapy treatment is painless, quick, and safe. Deeper tissue treatments take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Even chronic patients usually improve after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy stimulates cellular activity, thereby utilizing the body’s own healing powers. Despite their brief duration, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that actively reduces inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment. The most popular among veterinarians are therapy lasers. Laser therapy is a clinically proven modality in both human and veterinary medicine. 

Massage Therapy

Just like for humans, massage can be so beneficial to pets. Massage can help your pets physical and mental health. It can reduce stress, anxiety, increase circulation and mobility, decrease pain and speed healing post operatively. We offer different massage techniques depending on your pets needs.

These include:

  • Myofascial Trigger Point
  • Manual Lymphatic Massage
  • Oncology Massage
  • Friction, Petrissage, Effleurage and Compression