Canine Rehabilitation

Kara with Rehab Patient

Our technician Kara Farmer has earned a Post Graduate and State Approved Certification in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy (CVMRT) through The Healing Oasis in Sturtevant, WI. As a CVMRT, Kara understands and applies functional neurology, anatomy, and biomechanics to improve your pet's outcome. Read below to find out how veterinary massage and rehabilitation (VMRT) may help your pet!

What is VMRT?

Veterinary massage and rehabilitation (VMRT) is considered a crucial part of rehabilitation therapy and of conventional veterinary healthcare. Rehabilitation is a healthcare modality that uses hands-on techniques such as massage and exercise therapy as well as electric modalities such as laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, NMES, and TENS therapy to increase your pet's quality of life and maintain conditioning. Since no two patients are the same, a unique and individual rehabilitation plan is created for each patient. These plans are constantly assessed and changed over time as the needs of your pet change!

What is VMRT Used For?

Decreasing pain

Muscle strength and tone building

Maintenance of conditioning in pets and athletic dogs

Loss of mobility


Hip and elbow dysplasia


Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)

Degenerative myelopathy (DM)

Wobbler syndrome

Vestibular disease


Sports injuries (sprains, strains, etc)

Post-surgical rehabilitation from amputations, patellar luxation repair, fracture repair, Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), TPLO, cruciate ligament tear repair

What are the Modalities?


Balance boards, bones, and balls
Trigger point and tender point treatment
Various other inventive exercise techniques


Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Laser therapy
Ultrasound therapy

One of Kara's patients working on hindlimb strength with an obstacle course full of objects to safely challenge her balance!
(Next video: Laser therapy on the same patient's back to decrease inflammation.)
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Kara's Closing Thoughts

"As your pet's therapist, my hope is that we can set realistic goals to accomplish relief, reduction of injuries, a better relationship with your pet, and overall a better quality of life -- and having fun doing so!"

Contact us:
Phone: 765-742-2587