Val Rutledge

Holistic Touch Therapist - Certified Levels I & II
Certified Veterinary Chiropracticioner - CVCP

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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 calm and relaxation

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, a registered nurse, has brought her physiology and anatomy background 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.

Also, Val completed her certification as a Veterinary Chiropractioner with the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractioners and works with local veterinarians in this capacity.

Val's unique sensitivity to an 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.

To make an appointment for massage or laser therapy email or call.   Veterinary referrals are welcome.

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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-inflamatory 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.