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Palliative Care Physiotherapy
I’ve been messaging back and forth with a UK animal physio about a case that turned out to be a nerve sheath tumor. The most recent round of discussion has been about treatment now that the diagnosis has been established. The diagnosing veterinarian told the owner to stop physiotherapy as it wouldn’t be of any benefit. My suggestion is palliative care if the owners are interested and willing in nurturing...
Myofascial Trigger Points, Pain, and Therapy
Myofascial Trigger Points in Veterinary Patients abridged - see link at bottom for full article. Myofascial trigger points can be located within the belly, origin, or insertion of a muscle and are known to cause decreased changes in range of motion, muscle weakness, and postural imbalance as the patient develops gait pattern changes in order to function without pain. Observation of a patient’s movement and preferred postures with an understanding of...
What Are the Different Types of Dog Physical Therapy?
If your dog is recovering from injury or surgery, canine physical therapy is frequently the next step in the healing process. Dog physical therapy is an adaptation of the same types of techniques and modalities used for humans. The goal is to decrease pain while increasing increase mobility, function and overall quality of life. Here you’ll find an overview on the variety of different treatments and their pros and cons....
The Value of Integrative Veterinary Medicine
As most veterinary professionals know, the health of a patient is more than the sum of its various parts and systems. Besides absence of illness or injury, a pet’s well-being encompasses lifestyle, nutrition, behavior and exercise. Nobody understands this like veterinarians who take an integrative approach to patient care. Treatments and services such as acupuncture, phototherapy, nutraceuticals and rehabilitation are becoming less “alternative” and more mainstream all the time, especially...
What is the Fascia and How Does it Affect my Dog?
What if I told you there was a complex system in your dog's body that can greatly affect their posture, mobility, emotional well-being, and performance?The fascia is quite simply the tissue that holds you together! Injury and pain to one part of the fascia can have profound effects on the rest of the body. Knowing the role the fascia plays in the body, how it can be injured, and recognizing...
Acupressure For Dogs
Acupressure points for dogs were first described during the Tang Dynasty between 618-907AD. Massaging acupressure points has been proven to provide a host of measurable therapeutic benefits to animals. Here’s how you can massage real life force into your pet, make him or her feel great, and bond in a beautiful way. Several studies have proven the benefits of massage in both animals and people. Massage has been directly linked...
Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues
Many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your veterinarian for a virtual appointment. A Vital Vet Pet Video Consultation is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation. Here's how: You do not have to be a client of the Vital Vet Pet Consultants Our Pet consultants are the best of the best - some names you might even recognize since they helped develop the certification...
Trigger Point Therapy: Keeping Dogs Active and Pain Free
My first experience with trigger point therapy was when I was a cross country athlete in college. I was into heavy training, lack of rest, and the desire to push my body to the limits to qualify for nationals. One day, as I was running down a hill during a training run, I heard a pop and felt a burn up the back of my leg like I'd never felt...