Annie is our 16 year old rescue Border Collie. She was a ranch dog and had a very hard life prior to her coming to live with us resulting in much body pain and stiffness. Dr. Carlson and Mountainside Veterinary Rehabilitation have provided her with significant pain relief using massage therapy and acupuncture as well as some chiropractic treatments. Dr. Carlson’s knowledge of this Integrative approach and her quiet and calmness with Annie has been such a positive experience for all of us. Annie now lives a happy life with ongoing support through the exercises Dr. Carlson has taught us to support her aging body.
With the use of integrative medicine techniques, our goal is to decrease your pet’s medications and side-effects by harnessing all areas of medicine.
We are an integrative pet hospital, not an alternative pet health center. Our goal is to work with your regular/referring veterinarian and provide additional diagnostics and treatments that will help enhance your pet’s treatment.
This will be guided by our integrative use of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports conditioning, rehabilitation, orthopedics, internal medicine, pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, gerontology, nutrition/supplements, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Techniques (VSMT), Acupuncture (AP), therapeutic laser, therapeutic ultrasound, shockwave and herbal supplements to help us achieve our goals.
We treat a variety of small animals experiencing pain, orthopedic disorders, soft tissue or neurological issues. Remember, humans & dogs aren’t the only ones to experience things like arthritis.
How It Works
The examination will differ from a regular examination in that we will be using our hands to discover areas of pain, heat and tension to guide our treatment.
The initial work up is encompassed by a physical exam, neurological exam, active range of motion (AROM), proprioception and pain assessment. The assessment may use video, pictures, thermal imaging, goniometry (measurement of passive range of motion) as well.
We will work together with a plan for the best treatment of your pet: acupuncture, therapeutic laser treatment, sports conditioning or integrative medicine. In addition, we will provide our clients information on stretching, massaging and exercises at home to help assist in their goals.
Specialty Services & Equipment
Used to increase healing and decrease pain/inflammation. Therapeutic laser therapy is based on wavelength, power and frequency. Increased power means increased energy into tissue, but different wavelengths are absorbed at different levels so knowing the wavelength is important to target inflammation, bactericidal or pain relief. Power determines time required to treat. Frequency allows you to […]Read More
The thermal camera shows us a colorful visual map of your pet’s body to help discover areas of heat/inflammation and chronic/long term change. It provides a visual map of vascular, neurologic and musculoskeletal function via thermal gradients of radiant heat. This can assist in discovery of areas of potential musculoskeletal stress even before they have […]Read More
The underwater treadmill (UWT) main use is to increase muscle strength while decreasing the concussive force at joints. It has also been shown to increase aerobic fitness, re-education of muscles and stimulation of neurological pathways. The UWT is a treadmill in a water tank that can be put on an incline. This modality allows us to use the variable levels of water to change the amount of weight bearing, the resistance and the compression benefits of the water, it encourages passive hip extension, exaggerates the step height, increases general strength and allows us to focus on hind limbs and will help with proprioceptive (awareness of body) training. This is different from swimming.Read More
Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy (VSMT) is a health care system that allows us to treat areas of decreased motion and discomfort. VSMT uses a high velocity low amplitude thrust into a specific joint and direction via a specific anatomical manipulation. The VSMT adjustment can have numerous neurological consequences beneficial to the body and nervous system.Read More
Acupuncture allows the patient’s own body to participate in the healing process via the nervous system. Medical/Western acupuncture is based on the neurological interaction of nerves, vessels, fascia and muscles to promote balance of various body systems. The neuromodulation can improve function and balance of the nervous system as well as reducing pain, supporting the […]Read More