Rehabilitation and Massage
Rehabilitation, massage and laser can be beneficial to any and all patients. This is often a less invasive and holistic approach to
managing your pet’s health and wellbeing.
Our Rehab services are provided by ourCertified Veterinary Massage & Rehab Therapist Morgan Dums CVT, CVMRT. This service can benefit any age of patient for a variety of reasons. A few items on the list include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Pain control
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Post-op care- TPLO, Achilles repair, Spinal surgery, luxating patella surgery, FHO, etc.
- Osteoarthritis (OA)
- Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
- Conditioning of performance dogs
- Conditioning of sporting dogs
- Strength training
Massage, or soft tissue mobilization (STM), is the systematic application of manual pressure and movement of tissues, including skin, ligaments, tendons, fascia and muscle. Massage often is paired with rehabilitation to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients. A few of the techniques used include:
- Ischemic compression
- Trigger point pressure release
- Myofasical release
- Manual lymphatic drainage
Laser therapy is a treatment that manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration. Laser therapy increases circulation - drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. Here at Wausau Animal Hospital we have a class III K-Laser. See our Laser Therapy section of this website for detailed information.