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Companion animals, like their humans, can benefit from physical rehabilitation to recover from joint and muscle trauma, orthopedic and neurological surgeries, geriatric wellness, weight loss and strength training programs.
Physical rehabilitation is an essential tool in veterinary medicine for many purposes, such as reducing pain and inflammation, improving mobility and function, neuromuscular re-education and increasing the overall comfort of your pet while recovering from injury, surgery, and many other conditions.
Home based exercise plans and rehabilitation programs are customized to each individual pet. We encourage the pet owners to take an active role in their pet’s recovery by meeting with our rehabilitation practitioner to begin a program. Our rehabilitation services are available to all pet owners with a direct referral coordinated through your veterinarian and our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).
Physical rehabilitation is a key element in catalyzing post-operative or post-injury recovery time. Rehabilitation is also associated with decreasing the degree of muscle atrophy, stiffness, and the decline in range of motion that many pets experience from long periods of crate rest without activity. By choosing to engage in our rehab program, you are giving your pet a head start to a full and speedy recovery.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless process that utilizes light to stimulate cells and increase blood flow, which can enhance tissue growth and reduce inflammation. Sessions are short and often done in conjunction with physical therapy exercises as well. Laser therapy has been effective in treating soft tissue damage, reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritic changes, and increasing cell growth.
Kasey Kephart graduated from Argosy University of Minnesota in 2002 receiving her degree as a licensed veterinary technician with extended certifications in wildlife and marine mammal science. She then went to Sarasota FL for her internship at Mote Marine Dolphin and Whale Hospital. While in FL she worked for a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary, finding her love for rehabilitation. She wanted to relate this passion for therapy to the companion and working canines so she then continued her education at the University of Tennessee, where she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2007. Her special interests are teaching rehabilitation and canine fitness. She is an outdoor adventurer and spends much of her time with her family as well as hiking, camping and gardening. She currently lives in Herndon, VA with her husband and two pups “Gertie” and “Lucy” and her cat “Oliver”.
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