Laser therapy uses a form of light energy that is invisble to the naked eye. Think of laser therapy as photosynthesis for mammals. This light energy penetrates tissues and stimulates blood flow, reduces inflammation, reduces muscle tension and can repair some nerve damage. Laser therapy can significantly reduce healing time and is used to treat a variety of conditions; including, wounds, tendon injuries, musculoskeletal injuries such as hip dysplasia and neurological conditions. Laser therapy can be used on all species from dogs and cats to horses and goats.
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The Mill Valley Veterinary Clinic is pleased to offer a variety of rehabilitation and conditioning services. These services are dedicated to preventing injury and helping pets recover from an injury. The clinic is pleased to offer: Acupuncture, Aquatic Treadmill, Stance analysis, Class 4 laser, fitness and conditioning exercises, Game Ready, Thermal imaging, Lameness locator.
Acupuncture is an ancient chinese medicine that involves the staratigic placement of very thin needles to stimulate key pressure points. Acupuncture is a great way to release tight muscles, improve circulation and improves healing time. Horses are the second most sensititive/receptive animal to acupuncture, although dogs and cats benefit as well. This treatment can be combined with laser therapy for a deeper relaxation effect. The wonderful thing about acupuncture is that it is a drug free way to help repair and rejuvinate tissues. raph here.
In 2017, the Mill Valley Veterinary Clinic purchased an underwater treadmill. The underwater treadmill is a great way to build muscle, and rehabilitate a pet after an injury or surgical procedure. The water in the treadmill acts as a resistance force for strength training while supporting and cushioning joints. The result is a complete work out that is also low impact. The water level determines which muscles and joints will be exercised, unlike in swimming where certain muscles are allowed to compensate for others. The ability to determine water levels allows pet owner, veterinarian and rehabilitation professional to help create an exercise program for each individual pet with specific needs in mind. The underwater treadmill can be used for conditioning, injury prevention and for post operative pets. It can also be used to treat a variety of muscloskeletal and neurological conditions such as hip dysplasia or intervertebral disc disease. The underwater treadmill by reducing impact on joints, taking place in a warm environment and building muscle tone can significantly improve the quality of life for pets with chronic conditions like hip dysplasia.