Therapy at Dawgs in Motion
At Dawgs in Motion we offer WaterWorks Therapy, Massage, Chiropractic Care, and Acupuncture for dogs.
WaterWorks & Massage
WaterWork encourages fluid stretching, reduces pain and stiffness, speeds healing after surgery or injury, and increases trust and raises your dog's spirit. Other benefits include increased confidence, cardiovascular activity, stamina, flexibility, and range of motion.
Pet Massage Waterwork was created by Jonathan Rudinger, RN and massage therapist, after his experience with Watsu; Shiatsu massage performed in water on humans. Pet Massage WaterWork is for animals and the main difference is that the dogs will be swimming for most of the session, unlike humans who would just float through a Watsu session.
Mandie incorporates all of her knowledge and experience from water therapy and massage to develop her own water therapy that is customized to your dog's needs and personality. Your dog is gently supported and guided through the the water creating extension and flexion of the whole body. Light pressure, traction, and/or rocking can be applied to help break down fascial adhesions that inhibit flexibility or may cause nerve impingements, muscle tension,or pain. The techniques used while the body is balanced and suspended in water allow unique range of motion opportunities that help the body facilitate healing. The powerful dynamics of the water sends a wave of healing that touches the body, mind, and spirit.
Mandie Zavadil is located at Dawgs in Motion in Saukville. She is a certified pet massage therapist and has been a trainer for ten years. Mandie incorporates many styles of massage including Tellington Touch.
“Bodywork” is a term that includes massage, physical therapy, myofascial release, acupressure, craniosacral and chiropractic techniques. Many owners notice an improvement in their animals disposition with consistent bodywork, as well as an improvement in performance. Bodywork can improve flexibility and suppleness in many cases.
Chiropractic care is helpful for more than just reducing pain. It can also aid in a faster and more comfortable post-operative recovery period. Even a pet who is sore from a long weekend of hiking could benefit from a chiropractic incontinence, skin conditions, behavior problems, and gastrointestinal disorders. If your four-legged family member is in pain or suffering from an illness that’s inhibiting health and happiness, chiropractic care may be the answer. It can also be an effective way to help keep your pet healthy and balanced throughout his or her life.
A referral from your veterinarian is necessary before chiropractic care.
Amber Erickson has attended Equinology in 1999 and in 2000. Amber attended advanced classes in bodywork, anatomy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, biomechanics and physical therapy. Amber passed the certification test to become an Advanced Equine Body worker in 2000. In 2008, Amber stepped up to a Master Equine Bodyworker. Amber went back to school in 2001, beginning her Undergrad career at North Dakota State University. She then went to Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She finished her Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Biology in April of 2008 and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree November, 2008. Amber attended the animal Chiropractic (VSMT) course at the Healing Oasis, Inc. in 2010.
Acupuncture can be used instead of western medications. Sometimes owners are not getting the results that would be expected with the traditional Western medications and are trying to avoid some of the side effects that can be also experienced. Acupuncture can also be used in combination with Western medicines.
The acupuncture has been known to compliment some Western medicines to help to combat some of the side effects of the medications to give the pet a better quality of life. The acupuncture session will last from 40-60 minutes. It is recommended to attend 3-4 sessions to show the full effectiveness of the acupuncture.
Dr. Stephani has been in the veterinary field for 20 years. She has also been a practicing Veterinarian for 11 years. Dr. Stephani has completed a 6 month course on acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida. This particular course covered acupuncture procedures as well as other traditional Chinese medicine techniques. Dr. Stephani has been practicing acupuncture for about 3 years.