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Exceptional Veterinary Rehabilitation Care for Pets

Manual Therapy & Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation


Manual therapy refers to therapist-applied, passive or assisted, active movement techniques. In the trained hands of a veterinary professional, these techniques address disorders in the joints, muscles, and nerves and greatly reduce your dog's pain. Manual therapy and other modalities are an important component of the multimodal management approach we'll take to speed your pet's healing and reduce his or her discomfort.

Manual therapy techniques and massage include mobilization of joints and soft tissues, stretching, and myofascial release. Small movements within the joint activate small receptors and are necessary for joint health. Passive range of motion is assisted placement of a joint through available range of motion.

Benefits to the patient:

  • Improved range of motion
  • Enhanced soft tissue mobility
  • Increased circulation
  • Optimized strength and flexibility
  • Decreased pain

Neuromuscular and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (NMES & TENS)

NMES is the use of low level electrical current applied to a group of muscles, stimulating the muscle to produce a contraction. Routinely used by professional athletes for years, NMES is a painless and safe procedure.

NMES is commonly used at a start of a rehabilitation program to strengthen atrophied muscles and to manage pain and swelling. It maintains or builds muscle mass, keeping muscles strong and active during the time period when movement may be contraindicated.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a pain relieving therapy that blocks the pain signal from the nerve to where it is perceived in the brain. TENS units also stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain fighting mechanism. 


  • Relieves acute or chronic pain
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Increase circulation
  • Swelling reduction
  • Muscle spasm reduction

These forms of electrotherapy are usually combined with other treatment methods such as manual therapy and exercise.

Contact us to learn more about manual therapy, neuromuscular and transcutaneous electrical stimulation, and other veterinary rehabilitation services.

"On several occasions, Dr. Hammel administered acupuncture to help Stone, our aging Black Lab. He was like a babe in her arms and the relaxing effects of the procedure seemed to help his mobility. It was a spa treatment for him with healthful results. " – Chris S.
"When Gracie had her hip surgery, the surgeon referred me to Dr. Hammel for physical rehabilitation to speed her recovery. She steadily improved and now plays just as hard as our puppy! I think she misses her rehab sessions though!" – Patrick H.
"Cody, our 12-year-old German Shepherd, has osteoarthritis and difficulty walking. He has been coming to VRCC for physical rehab and it is helping him tremendously. He feels better, has started playing again, and is now able to go for walks. Cody loves his rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill!" – Becca P.
"You can tell that Dr. Hammel cares about each pet and treats them as if they are her own. My dog always feels right at home with VRCC and I love the excellent care she receives there!" – Missy S.

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