By Mark Denesha – March 1, 2023
Rehabilitation isn’t just for people; our four-legged friends can benefit from professional rehab services just like you and me.
As a physical therapist, I treat people for acute injuries or help them recover from surgery. But the benefits of physical therapy treatments such as decreased pain, improved strength and improved mobility also extend to dogs.
Our pets can suffer from similar maladies as us; osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, muscle strains and fractures are just a few of the conditions that can be treated with the help of a pet health professional. Luckily, our pets have options. Veterinarians, physical therapists and chiropractors are a few professionals eligible for canine rehabilitation certification.
I spoke with two local animal healthcare professionals — Amanda Massey, a chiropractor and owner of Elite Motion & Performance, who took post-doctoral courses to learn how to adjust animals, and Jenna Scibilia, a veterinarian, owner of Vet Around Town and certified canine rehabilitation specialist who is also certified in pet acupuncture.