Acupunc/Rehab

Acupuncture and Animal Rehabilitation

For Acupuncture and Physiotherapy appointments with Silvia Lavallee please phone:

  • Tuxedo Animal Hospital at 204-488-1843 for appointments on Tuesdays;
  • Oakbank Animal Hospital at 204-444-3615 for appointments on Wednesdays;
  • Dakota Veterinary Hospital at 204-255-8811 for appointments on Thursdays and Fridays.

Silvia Lavallee BMR PT is a trained Animal Rehab Practitioner. Licensed Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist. Licensed physiotherapists are trained to work with pets under the direction of a veterinarian. Techniques such as stretches, exercises, manual therapy and Sylvia Lavallee modalities are used to achieve the highest level of function for your pet.

Physiotherapy is aimed at restoring and maintaining physical function and movement. It is beneficial in recovery from muscle, tendon, bone and joint injuries, post-surgical or orthopaedic and neurological dysfunction.  Silvia also has a strong interest in canine athletic performance.

Therapeutic exercise and carefully selected passive, active, and resisted exercises may be helpful for your pet. These will be shown to you so you will be able to work with your pet at home. The goals are to relieve pain, restore range of motion, improve function, prevent injuries and expand the physical potential of your pet.

Acupuncture-on-a-DogAcupuncture is known to affect all major systems in the body. It relieves pain, decreases inflammation, increases circulation, accelerates healing, relieves muscle spasm, stimulates nerves, releases fascial restrictions and improves the body’s defense systems.

Prior to your initial consultation, your veterinarian will be asked to provide us with a copy of your pet’s file providing details of the diagnosis. When you meet with Silvia Lavallee, she will evaluate your pet’s movement, spinal and joint function, strength and other physical abilities to determine the effect of the injury, degenerative or inflammatory disease, or disability.

Silvia will determine how best to restore proper movement and reduce the pain from an injury or disability. She will work with you to plan an individualized treatment program of acupuncture and/or physiotherapy based on a thorough assessment of your pet’s condition, environmental factors and lifestyle.

Physiotherapy and Acupuncture have been proven to be beneficial for many conditions such as:

  • arthritis
  • stiffness
  • sprains and strains
  • inflammation
  • muscle weakness, spasms, atrophy
  • tendonitis
  • spinal or pelvic dysfunction
  • paralysis, neuralgias
  • post surgical recovery
  • pain control
  • gait abnormalities
  • athletic evaluation and injuries

Dog wheelchairs for disabled, injured and aging pets are available at https://www.handicappedpets.com/

“Help em up Harness” is recommended for pets requiring some assistance for stairs, getting up from floors and into cars. http://helpemup.com/

Silvia Lavallee graduated from U of M 1983 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation. She was licensed in Acupuncture in 1986 through U of M   She completed animal rehab through the animal rehab division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2001. She also has achieved her Reiki Master, animal reiki status. She is passionate about life long learning and has taken several courses in acupuncture, fascia, canine sports, neurology, craniosacral, and geriatrics. She currently teaches an acupuncture post graduate credential course, and a fascial course.

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