Therapeutic Massage & Laser Therapy for Animals

DOGS, bring your bones to Valerie and feel like a pup again.

Massaging an agility toy

Tune-up - run fast - run clean

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You may find me working dog shows - there is nothing like a well tuned team to win those ribbons.

(or)

I may be helping a dog to better health in the massage room or in a choice location during an in-home visit.


Pet or Performance,
big or small -
all can benefit from massage.

Massaging a working dog


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Val Rutledge

Holistic Touch Therapist - Certified Level I & II
Certified Veterinary Chiropractioner - CVCP

 

 

Benefits of Massage

Therapeutic Massage is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body to achieve specific goals. Deep massage loosens tense muscles and stretches ligaments. Lighter touch therapy increases circulation to the skin and underlying muscles. Enhanced circulation relaxes healthy tissues and encourages a healthy tone.

Examples of specific massage goals are

  • release of cramped muscles or knots
  • cleaner and faster runs for the performance dog
  • increase range of motion for the geriatric or arthritic dog
  • promotion of a mental and physical attitude that is calm and relaxed

A massage book and a DVD are available for further enrichment.

      Massage Can Promote:

      • Relaxation
      • Stress Reduction
      • Enhanced Range of Motion
      • Relief of Muscle Spasms
      • Speedy Recover
      • A Healthy Coat

Massage Therapy is not intended as a substitute for veterinary care.

In conjunction with veterinary care, massage can enhance injury & surgery rehabilitation.

Val has brought her physiology and anatomy background as a registered nurse to bear on the study of therapeutic massage for animals. Val has completed both Level I and Level II training and certification by Dr Sue Furman of Colorado State University. Val's massage is based on Swedish techniques with emphasis on the canine athlete.

Most recently, Val completed her certification as a Veterinary Chiropractioner with the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractioners and will be working with local veterinarians in this new capacity.

Val's unique sensitivity to animal's needs allows her to maximize the benefits that her skilled hands provide.

Ask her clients and they will tell you of agility runs shortened after her touch, of older dogs with improved mobility and comfort and of stressed dogs with a calmer outlook.

 

Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy (also called “cold laser” or LLLT) is an exciting technology which has been proven to be remarkably safe, painless, and effective in treating both acute injuries and chronic pain of various kinds.
Low-level laser therapy is harmless. Lasers used for tissue stimulation have insufficient strength to damage cells.
30 years of clinical studies and clinical use revealed no adverse effects whatsoever.

Advantages:
Non-invasive, non-toxic, easily applied, highly effective, cure rate > 95%, no known negative side effects
Conditions Treated With LLLT:
Muscle, Ligament and Tendon Injuries
Lameness/Sprains/Strains
Inflammation/Joint Pain
Arthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease, Hip Dysplasia
Ulcerations and Open Wounds
Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
Surgery incision and wound healing
Back and Neck Pain
Dermatological Conditions/Hot Spots/Lick Granulomas
Periodontitis/Gingivitis
And So Much More! 
Therapeutic lasers work by supplying energy to the body in the form of photons of light. The tissues and cells then absorb this energy and use it to accelerate the normal rate of tissue healing.
Therapeutic Benefits of Laser Therapy:

  • Anti-inflammatory Action: Laser light reduces swelling, decreases pain, lessens stiffness, and hastens a return to normal joint and muscle function.
  • Rapid Cell Growth: Laser light accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
  • Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
  • Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser light reduces formation of scar tissue, enhances healing, and lessens the chance of weakness and re-injury later.
  • Increased Vascular Activity: Laser light increases blood flow to the injured area.
  • Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser light speeds nerve cell processes that may decrease pain and numbness associated with nerve-related conditions.
Frequency Of Treatment:
While some patients get immediate results, others require 6-10 treatments before seeing a lasting effect. Less severe or acute injuries will require fewer treatments than chronic or severe conditions. 
Google “ Laser Therapy” for dogs and people and you'll find a vast amount of info as to the amazing things laser therapy can do.

 

For therapeutic massage, Val works in conjunction with:

Dr Trish Kallenbach, DVM
The Healing Place (352) 795-0250
(on Rt 44 ) in Crystal River, FL

and

Dr Leigh McBride, DVM
Sumter County Animal Hospital (352) 748-5454
in Wildwood, FL

For an appointment call one of the above (or)
Contact Val:
(352) 257-4805val@dogNdive.com

Val is happy to be a local resource for "OmegaAlpha"
products for joint health in pets.

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