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Rehabilitation Therapy for Pets

By Dr. Coming

Rehabilitation therapy is akin to physical therapy for pets and has profoundly changed the way musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, disk problems and damaged hips and knees are handled for dogs and cats.  What was once thought to only be mended through surgery or life-long medication can now often be corrected with natural and gentle rehabilitation techniques.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has revolutionized healing and pain management in dogs and cats.  In LLLT, a specific wavelength of nonvisible light is applied to areas of pain and discomfort for a specific amount of time to yield a precise amount of energy.  Research is on-going, but it appears that when done correctly, the laser energy stimulates the mitochondria in cells.  This rapidly increases a cell's ability to heal and mitigate pain, and animals feel no discomfort during the treatment.

In addition for maximum pain management, many veterinarians suggest gentle and modern methods such as low-level laser therapy and at-home exercise programs with a combination of acupuncture, Tui-Na, contemporary massage, osteopathic manipulations and herbal supplements along with quarterly network chiropractic. This combination can provide optimum pain relief and increased strength with no negative impacts on the pets' bodies

 Veterinary Holistic Care in Bethesda has combined years of experience with modern rehabilitation techniques to provide a truly unique and effective method of alleviating the pain, weakness, and limitations that come from musculoskeletal problems. For more information, contact 301-656-2882, email  [email protected] or visit 

August 2020



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