Pet Physical Rehabilitation

We are excited to add Physical Rehabilitation to the many services already offered at Park Veterinary Centre.

Dr. Michelle Meckelborg recently obtained the ‘Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner’ title through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

 What is physical rehabilitation for pets? 

 

Gather up techniques derived from human physical therapy, chiropractic and massage fields; apply to pets in need in a compassionate and skilled manner and you have physical rehabilitation for pets. 

 

What can be expected from a physical rehabilitation session?

 

An initial consult is set-up to establish a diagnosis, discuss goals, expectation and timeline for recovery. Follow-up sessions are 30 minutes 1-2 x/week as needed.

A typical session could involve heat therapy, cryotherapy, massage, low level laser therapy, neuromuscular stimulation techniques, land and treadmill exercises (wobble boards, cavaletti rails, Fit Paws© exercise balls)  as well as manual manipulations.

 

Which pets are candidates for Physical Rehabilitation?

Similar to humans, pets can suffer from numerous muscular and joint dysfunctions including but not limited to osteoarthritis, intervertebral disk disease and cruciate disease.

Neurologic dysfunction can also greatly benefit from physical rehabilitation techniques; the most common of which are wobblers syndrome, intervertebral disk disease, fibrocartilaginous emboli (FCE).  Physical Rehabilitation is also used extensively for conditioning athletes and aiding in weight loss for obese pets.  In addition, many pets that have recently had surgery, especially orthopedic but also soft tissue surgery, can benefit from physical rehabilitation

 

Is Rehabilitation only for dogs?

Not at all!  Dr. Meckelborg works extensively with multiple species and can apply the canine techniques to cats and exotics species such as guinea pigs and rabbits.