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Pet rehabilitation using massage and photonic therapy

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Almost every day Cathy Sauer, owner of Chasing Dreams LLC, has an opportunity to work miracles. As a certified animal massage therapist and photonic light therapist, Sauer sees first-hand how beneficial these treatments are to the animal patients she treats.

“I am working with a dog right now that has not walked since August of 2012. His debilitation became extreme after surgery on his herniated disks,” said Sauer. “After administering both massage and light therapy, plus exercising his hind legs, I noticed that we were getting responses in the nerves on the legs.”

“Recently, we actually stood the dog on the floor, and I could see the muscles were trembling which means they are trying to work,” continued Sauer. “The dog has complete atrophy in both hind legs. It will take a few months, but with continued therapy, I believe he will walk again on his own. We have to rebuild muscle through massage and light therapy as well as teach him all over again how to walk.”

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body through stroking, rubbing, kneading or tapping in order to increase circulation, improve muscle tone, increase range of motion and to relax the patient.

Photonic therapy is an advanced form of traditional complementary medicine using light to stimulate recognized acupuncture points; no needles are used. It involves safe, low frequency red light (not laser) that supports the healing of conditions and injuries in animals.

When red light is placed on an acupuncture point, it promotes healing by attracting white blood cells to the area which release the hormone serotonin. The circulation in the area of the wound is also increased. Pain is therefore reduced while the acidity of the tissue is changed. By using the red light to the area and making it negative in relation to the surrounding tissue, the injured area subsequently heals and scarring is minimized.

“My latest accomplishment with this dog was noticed when he tried to put weight on his hind legs and actually stood for about five seconds,” added Sauer. “He is also showing a little movement in his hind legs as well. This is a great start for a dog who was thought to be paralyzed.”

This is just one example of the hundreds of animal patients Sauer has worked with throughout her career. The benefits of these alternative methods of treatments are many, and the rewards to the animal are great.

“Just remember that this is a complementary therapy and is not a substitute for regular veterinary care,” cautioned Sauer. “I always work in conjunction with veterinary care and advice, and I bring any condition to the pet owner’s attention that I think requires further veterinary evaluation. Armed with a complete veterinary care evaluation only helps me do my job better in providing the highest level of holistic and alternative treatment to the animal.”

Chasing Dreams LLC is located in Central New Jersey. Owner Cathy Sauer is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists, an association whose member technicians are trained and operate under guidelines specifically designed to achieve the ultimate benefits of animal massage therapy.

Sauer maintains a mobile office and works throughout Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Monmouth, Warren and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. Visit her website contact page to arrange an appointment. Don’t forget to inquire about the special holiday gift certificates available at 20 percent off the regular price.

You can also find Chasing Dreams LLC on Facebook.

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