Jo Moyes LVMT is our certified veterinary canine massage and rehabilitation therapist. Jo has devoted her life to veterinary medicine through many programs from working with the ASPCA to gaining her Veterinary Technician License at Chattanooga State Technical Community College holding an AAS in Veterinary Medicine. Her desire to rehabilitate animals drove her to pursue further education in the veterinary field and she went on to gain her VMRT certification through The Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin which was specifically chosen due to its stringent program and whole body wellness approach to healing. Learn more about The Healing Oasis.
Amelia Peabody is CHAI’s Director of Shenanigans and Rehab Department Mascot. She came to CHAI in April of 2017 in a severely debilitated physical condition, bordering on death. She was emaciated, dehydrated, had broken ribs, both femoral heads were broken and she had strong head tremors. Through much hard work by both her and the CHAI staff, an FHO surgery to remove unrepairable femoral heads, and adoption and rehabilitation by Jo Moyes, she has risen through the ranks and now has the whole rehab department named after her. The Amelia Peabody Rehabilitation Center opened in September of 2017 with Amelia leading the way. She has an amazing spirit and strives to do a good job of being a puppy and learning how to walk and play like a normal dog. With the help of her brother, Mac, she is starting to have a normal life and looks forward to many years of teaching others that no matter the adversity, you can overcome! You can follow Amelia Peabody on Facebook.
Our rehab department offers a large Hudson Aquatic, Poseidon therapy pool with swim current to provide the latest in water rehabilitation options. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water or the principles of relative density, buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, surface tension, viscosity and resistance to achieve its therapeutic benefits in a safe environment to assist in patient healing and exercise performance. The fastest way to recover from pain/injury is to begin the rehab process, but often, pain levels impact the ability to start. The pain commonly associated with rehab can be decreased / eliminated in water because it reduces the weight bearing on joints. The warmth of the water experienced during aquatic therapy assists in relaxing muscles and increases blood flow to injured areas and helps to increase range of motion in the patient. Aquatherapy offers:
• Orthopedic post-surgical rehabilitation
• Orthopedic injuries
• Spine conditions (strains/sprains, spinal stenosis, disc herniation)
• Athletic injuries
• Neurological disorders
A results-oriented therapy, medical massage works toward resolving specific conditions that a physician has diagnosed in a patient. The veterinary massage therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and as prescribed by a veterinarian. Benefits include:
- Releases tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues)
- Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone, which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, paresthesia, and conditions such as pseudo sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pseudo angina, and others.)
- Alleviates Stress and Improves Circulation (Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your pets body and then carry away the waste to be eliminated from the cells. Massage encourages a better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level and more thorough detoxification)
- Deactivates Trigger Points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body. Research has shown, trigger points may be responsible for as much as 74% of everyday pain.)
- Decreases Pain and Inflammation (Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function)
- Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion (By reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity the muscles allow for normal ranges of motion to be restored. This also reduces the forces being applied to the joint capsule and diminishes the potential for joint and disk degeneration)
Therapeutic Laser Therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and helps accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of both acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy penetrates the tissue where it interacts with various molecules that cause different biological effects. Some of the benefits of laser therapy include:
- Production of an extracellular matrix (important in tissue repair & regeneration)
- Re-absorption of edemas
- Reactivation of microcirculation
- Increased supply of oxygen and nutrients
- Reduction of scar tissue formation
- Increase in cellular energy synthesis
- Increase in the production of RNA
- Increase in cellular proliferation
- Release of growth factors (fibroblasts) and other substances
- Modulation of the inflammatory processes
- Remodeling of the extracellular matrix
- Induction of lymphatic and vascular regeneration
The Assisi Loop is an FDA-cleared Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatory Device. It has been scientifically proven to alleviate pain and inflammation in animals without the undesirable effects caused by extended use of pharmaceuticals. The Assisi Loop offers all animals a safe pain management technology that can be used as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with the treatment plan your veterinarian has in place. Assisi’s targeted pulsed electromagnetic field technologies emerge out of a century-long evolution of using electrical currents to improve health and healing. Pulsing an electromagnetic field near a conductor (such as tissue) will induce current flow in the conductor. This simple law from physics allows currents to be induced in tissue from outside the body, without anything touching the skin. Magnetic fields penetrate through bandages, casts, fur, hair, etc. The simple induction of electrical current in tissue is the functional therapeutic component. It is the effects of this induced current that are therapeutic. How does it feel to the pet? Some animals will notice the increased blood flow because with increased circulation there is often a warming or tingling sensation. This is subtle, however, and many animals won’t notice at all. There is no electrical shock hazard as it delivers an electromagnetic field and not direct electricity.
Preventative and Athletic Conditioning
To obtain optimal performance from working and sporting dogs, they must be properly conditioned and free of conditions that might impede performance. These needs are largely met through physical training and preventive health care plans. The aspect of the overall performance program that often remains underdeveloped is the conditioning of working dogs as performance athletes. Training is designed to increase strength, endurance, and agility which improves performance and reduces the risk of injury. Each pet’s protocol is specifically designed in conjunction with their veterinarian’s recommendations to meet their individual needs. Our rehab facility offers a wide array of options to accommodate your pet’s conditioning needs.
Therapeutic exercise can provide a wide range of benefits for veterinary rehabilitation patients. It can be used to increase range of motion, flexibility, endurance, strength and proprioception. Exercise can help dogs recover more quickly from surgical procedures or injuries, promote functional independence, and keep canine athletes at peak performance levels. Some of the areas addressed are:
- Range Of Motion
Early rehabilitation (flexing and stretching of muscles) can significantly improve the quality of recovery for both postsurgical patients and their owners. It can help in pain management, relaxation, core stability and in building and maintaining muscle mass. Rehabilitation is appropriate for all dogs after an orthopedic surgery. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduce pain
- Promote the healing process
- Restore and maintain range of joint motion and normal movement patterns
- Build muscle mass during recovery from injury or surgery
- Allow safe and controlled activity during the recovery period
- Increase cardiovascular fitness
- Improve quality of life
Weight Loss Programs
Pet obesity is a rapidly growing issue in today’s world contributing to a myriad of both chronic and acute disease processes. Research supports that an unhealthy increase in body weight directly contributes to orthopedic and endocrine conditions. We offer individualized canine weight loss programs to provide a safe and effective weight loss strategy for your pet. We will work in conjunction with your veterinarian to formulate a program that will safely aid your pet on the journey to becoming healthier, using the following options that are appropriate for your pet’s needs:
- Therapy Pool
- Land Treadmill
- Strength Training
- Balance Training
- Fun Time Play Exercises
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
Questions About Services and Pricing? Give One of Our CHAI Staff Members a Call Today!
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