Our Canine Rehabilitation Program includes:
- Aquapaws Underwater Treadmill – Improves strength and endurance without adding stress to the joints
- Land Treadmill – Treadmill exercise is an effective tool used to pattern gate, encourage early post-operative limb use, and decrease stress and discomfort associated with limb movement
- Therapeutic Ultrasound – Improves circulation and decreases scar tissue
- Electrical Stimulation – Helps to re-educate muscles, decreases pain, and/or decreases edema
- Therapeutic Exercise – Use of exercise to strengthen specific muscle groups
- Proprioceptive/Balance Training – Use of physioballs and balance equipment to improve balance and body awareness
- Gait Training – Use of ramps, step-overs, stairs, and variable ground surfaces to improve walking
- Assistive Device Prescription – Use of personalized equipment such as orthotics or carts to improve physical mobility
- Laser Therapy – Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols.
- Massage Therapy– Massage is the systematic application of soft tissue mobilization and manual pressure to create physiologic effects that are an integral component of physiotherapy. When professionally guided, this application induces relaxation, improves circulation, increases soft tissue extensibility to improve range of motion, promotes healing, and reduces discomfort for a variety of clinical conditions. Medical massage is a category of massage performed to improve conditions or pathologies following a specific medical diagnosis.
Your dog may be a candidate for rehabilitation if he or she:
- Has trouble ascending/descending stairs
- Has trouble getting in/out of the car
- Has trouble with exercise
- Has had recent surgery
- Is overweight
Kim is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) with over 20 years of career experience spent dedicated to the pursuit and implementation of high quality standards in patient care. Her professional history reflects her commitment and active contribution to the practice of progressive medicine. While she has explored many facets within the veterinary field, her primary area of interest is in mind and body wellness. This focus led her to obtain her certification in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2010 and in 2017, complete an extensive Small Animal Medical Massage course through the Integrative Medicine and Education Center, and accomplish her Fear Free Certification.
Currently she is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, American Association of Rehabilitation (Technicians) Veterinarians, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Kim views physical rehabilitation as a critical and necessary service required to ensure an optimal standard of care in veterinary medicine.
A referral from a veterinary surgeon or your regular veterinarian is required prior to your pet’s rehabilitation evaluation.