Traditional Canine Rehabilitation and Class IV Laser Therapy

Canine Rehabilitation is a new branch of traditional veterinary medicine which shares some similarities to alternative therapies. Manual massage techniques and joint mobilization techniques such as spinal apophyseal glides are similar to Chinese Tui-na Massage and Chiropractic adjustments but without the dynamic thrust which makes chiropractic so effective.

Individual exercise programs consisting of rehabilitative exercises are wonderful adjunctive therapy for owners to help their dogs at home and hasten their recovery from injury or surgery. What is unique to rehabilitation is the therapeutic equipment now available to animals in the form of shockwave, laser and ultrasound therapy. We have chosen to offer class IV laser therapy due to its’ wide range of applications and painfree delivery.

Whereas lower level class 3 lasers have been around for a while for use in stimulating acupuncture points and relieving muscle trigger points, class 4 lasers in the past 10 years have improved greatly in depth of penetration and shorter treatment times. For example, along with lower limb joints, they are now being used for treating back, hip, shoulder and stifle conditions that previously were not considered accessible to laser therapy.

Anecdotal evidence is showing them to be effective therapy for ligament/tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, back pain and non-healing fractures. Laser therapy of acupuncture points is a painless alternative for dogs who don’t tolerate even small acupuncture needles.

For some animals, especially geriatrics with very advanced osteoarthritis, sometimes nothing short of intra-articular or peri-articular injections of corticosteroids, homeopathics or hyaluronic acid will be effective. We can offer these as part of your pet’s therapy and many times sedation is not necessary.

We also offer oral nutraceutical/joint supplementation therapy that can be combined safely with Chinese herbs to ease arthritis and boost stamina in older dogs.

In addition, comprehensive pain protocols using traditional pain medicines are offered.

For more information about canine rehabilitation visit www.caninerehabinstitute.com, www.rehabvets.org and www.companiontherapylaser.com.