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The difference between Massage versus Manual Therapy and why it’s important for your pet’s rehabilitation.
In Canine Rehabilitation, when we hear the term, “Manual Therapy”, many of us assume it’s just another word for massage. It’s not. Manual therapy and massage are two very different techniques with distinct benefits for your pet. You have probably heard of Swedish...read more
Arfit Welcomes Duke! (L knee and lumbar strain)
Duke is a 6 year old terrier mix who loves to fetch! a few weeks ago, he played a little too hard and came up lame. His owner was worried he tore his CCL. His vet had advised surgery and Duke's owner wanted to see if conservative treatment could help. After my...read more
New Patient Profile: Arfit Welcomes Dominic! (hind limb weakness and low back muscle spasms)
Arfit Welcomes Dominic, an 11 year old Chow / Collie mix. Dominic has a history of hip dysplasia and his owners brought him in because he has been limping after walks and having increased difficulty getting up on the bed. In therapy, I immediately noticed a lot of...read more
My Dog Has an FCE / Spinal Stroke. Now What?
My dog has been diagnosed with a Spinal Stroke (FCE). Now What? by Tod Miner, PT CCRP Arfit Dog Therapy Chicago I took Max to ARFIT after I had taken him to the vet. He wasn’t able to move his back legs. The vet had suggested surgery but, with Max’s heart...read more
Arfit Welcomes Maverick to the Pack! (Elder Dog / Hind End weakness)
Canine Rehabilitation Maverick is a 10 year old Shiba Inu. His owners brought him to therapy because of shaky hind legs and increased difficulty getting up and climbing stairs. At his initial visit, I noticed significant hind limb muscle atrophy, spinal tightness...read more
Arfit Welcomes Ada (cervical spine injury)
Ada is an 11 year old female Pit Bull Terrier. She has been yelping in pain at night for the last few days and a cervical (neck) injury is suspected. She also yelps when she tries to shake her head and / or side bend to the left. Upon palpation, there is moderate...read more
Client Status Update (Chloe) FCE and bilateral TPLO’s
Chloe has been coming to Canine physical therapy at Arfit for approximately 5 weeks now and has made tremendous progress. We have been focusing on her hips adductors and Illio femoral ligament with Cold Laser and manual therapy followed by...read more
Meet Trey! (New Patient Profile: FCE / Electrocution)
Arfit Welcomes Trey to Canine Physical Therapy! Trey was electrocuted when urinating on a light pole. It is suspected he twisted his spine during the incident and incurred an FCE in addition to electrical burns on his chest and right hind leg. His...read more
Patient Profile: Jasper (Post radiation massage for quality of life and pain reduction)
Jasper is a wonderfully loving 12 year old Border Collie with soft tissue sarcoma of the temporalis muscle. His owners brought him to Arfit to see if massage could increase his comfort and quality of life. After each massage, Jasper's parents report he moves better...read more
New Client Profile: Simon (CCL Tear)
Simon is a 7 year old Min Pin - Pug - Chihuaha mix. He had been receiving laser therapy for several months for a CCL injury and was still not putting any weight on his left hind leg. His parents came to Arfit Dog Therapy to try a full rehabilitation program. After my...read more