Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses L.A.S.E.R (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) to repair tissues. The cells in the injured areas use the energy of the laser to aid and speed up their healing. Laser therapy has been shown to relieve pain from muscle and joint soreness, relieve symptoms of arthritis/tendonitis/bursitis, relax muscle spasms and increase blood flow to an area. This in turn helps wounds to heal and takes the body through the stages of healing more quickly. Laser can also be used stimulate acupuncture points.

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Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

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Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is the administration of a low level electrical current to stimulate muscle contraction and recruitment. It is used most commonly after orthopedic or neurological injury. The low level current can also decrease swelling and joint effusion. Indications for use of NMES are atrophy (muscle wasting), swelling, pain, muscle spasm and muscle re-education.

Joint Mobilization

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Mobilization can be of great benefit to joints. It can allow for greater and more appropriate movement of the joint. Mobilization of the spinal column can provide relief from spasms and pain. Compression and distraction of a joint can also aid in pain relief.

Passive Therapeutic Exercises

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Passive exercises consists of passive range of motion (PROM) and stretching exercises. These exercises are performed to help maintain or improve flexion and extension of joints, help with proprioception (the sense of one’s body in space), and improve flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Passive exercise means movement is not initiated by the patient. PROM exercises are very important if the patient is not using body part or has limited movement of a body part.

Active Therapeutic Exercises

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Active exercise involves your pet moving himself (with guidance from a human). The exercises should never cause overuse or strain, but aid in a return to normal, more appropriate function. These exercises are tailored to each animal’s needs and are modified and adjusted throughout rehabilitation.