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Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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Exceptional Veterinary Rehabilitation Care for Pets

How Therapeutic Exercises Improve Balance, Strength & Conditioning


VRCC custom designs therapeutic exercise programs to improve canine strength, coordination, and balance. The exercise programs also assist recovery from injury or surgery and reduce the risk for future injuries.

Goals for treatment include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved conditioning
  • Retraining of normal posture
  • Superior range of motion
  • Better balance and flexibility

VRCC’s treatment room includes a wide variety of specialized exercise equipment and meets the needs of dogs of all sizes and fitness levels. Our “gymnasium” includes balance balls, exercise boards, cavaletti poles, tension bands, and exercise discs dedicated to veterinary rehabilitation. 

Most dogs enjoy their appointments and exercise routines. Dr. Hammel’s goal is to make sessions fun and productive for both client and patients. Each patient leaves with a custom home exercise plan. The home exercise program is very important in helping your pet progress through the rehabilitation program. 

Benefits from therapeutic exercises:

  • Improved reaction and control
  • Increased trunk and core strength
  • Increased range of motion in joints and elongation
Therapeutic exercise is a fundamental aspect of rehabilitation and will be a component of the multimodal treatment plan developed for your dog. Contact us to learn more.


"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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