Manual Therapy

Soft tissue mobilization (STM), or massaging and stretching, is the systematic application of manual pressure and movement of soft tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and muscle.

Target Specific Areas

Utilizing soft tissue mobilization during rehabilitation and fitness sessions allows us to focus on certain areas of the animal. This process ensures every animal receives high-level, hands-on care at our facility. 

For animal rehabilitation treatment sessions that utilize STM, treatment goals are specific to each animal, but in general include:

  • Increase circulation
  • Decrease swelling
  • Increase tissue extensibility
  • Reduce adhesions
  • Increase scar mobility
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease muscle spasm
  • Promote tendon and ligament healing
  • Increase range of motion (ROM)
  • Eliminate trigger points or tender points
  • Facilitate or inhibit neuromuscular activity

Joint mobilization is a specialized part of manual therapy that allows our canine rehabilitation specialists to directly improve range of motion.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is a skilled manual therapy technique aimed at improving the joint range of motion and reducing pain.

In order to incorporate joint mobilization, the therapist manually applies targeted pressures or forces on a joint in specific directions to help improve the mobility of that joint.  It can be performed at different levels of intensity and is usually pain-free.  

Joint mobilization can improve range of motion, reduce pain, and improve joint mechanics to help with things such as lifting legs, bending the spine, or walking.


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