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Shayna Rodriguez CVT,CCRP

Shayna Rodriguez


148 East Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
United States
T: 215-687-6245

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Profile and Credentials        

My name is Shayna Rodriguez ,CVT,CCRP
I have been in the veterinary field since 1990, gaining experience in shelter medicine, holistics, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and routine vet care and surgery.
I volunteer with HSUS vaccine clinics and also donate therapeutic massage to active and retired race horses.
I am a Credentialed Veterinary Technician and am certified through University of Tennessee as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and am persuing certification in canine massage. I am a Certified Weight Management Coach with Purina. Pain management is my passion and I have an extra tender spot in my heart for senior dogs.
I share my home with five dogs, seven cats, two large birds, two chinchillas, one ferret and a bearded dragon. All of my animals are rescued, I strongly advocate people to adopt a their next best friend through a shelter or rescue.

Philosophy and Comments        

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Offering Laser therapy and Massage at
Karen Collins,VMD, CVA, CVCH,LLC
148 E. Maple Ave.
Langhorne ,PA 19047

Canine Physical Therapy at
Dr Rebecca Fulton
708 E Main St.
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Benefits of massage        

Benefits of massage
Animal massage is a branch of integrative medicine, used to promote health and well-being in animals.
Using touch and manipulation of muscles, skin, tendon and ligaments induces a cascade of benefits for your pet.
Massage is more than just an indulgence for your pets, it is a proven health and behavioral therapy.
Tailored to address specific problems, massage soothes anxiety, depression, and relieves stress by positively changing brain chemistry. Massage releases hormones to help treat pain and inflammation, boosts the immune system, and supports healthy digestion and respiratory function.
As a whole, massage provides animals a means of socialization, support and balance, helping them cope with stress of physical and emotional imbalances.

Laser Therapy        

Laser therapy uses red and near infrared wavelengths of light to create specific therapeutic effects in our patients. Improved flexibility and function, shorter healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased edema are some of the many effects of laser therapy.
Class IV laser light interacts with tissues on a cellular level, increasing metabolic activity in the cell, transporting nutrients across the cell membrane more efficiently. This increases the production of cellular energy ATP, leading to increased cellular function and healing.
Your pet does not need restraint or sedation for laser therapy, and treatment can be from 2 to 20 minutes on average.
The schedule for acute conditions is daily to everyother or every third day and chronic conditions can be every third day to every two weeks.
Some acute conditions like post surgeries, intravertebral disc disease, wobblers flareup, sprains, bites and anal saculitis, respond quickly, possibly within 1 to 2 treatments, whereas chronic conditions like feline urologic syndrome, irritable bowel disease, arthritis, ligament tear, otitis, lick granuloma and hotspot may take 5 to 10 treatments, or more.
We generally like to see results after the first laser treatment, although laser therapy is a cumulative therapy and relief may not be achieved until three or four sessions, with compounding results.
Laser can be used in conjunction with other therapies including massage, physical therapy, electrotherapy, Western and traditional Chinese medicine.
Generally handlers should be certified to use a therapeutic laser.
Contraindications for laser therapy would include treating directly over a cancerous tumor, direct being into retina, over thyroid gland, and over gravid ,or pregnant, uterus.
We also want to be careful whenever we treat over a tattoo, or over photo sensitive injection sites.
In closing a therapeutic laser is a versatile and beneficial tool in helping to heal and return our patients to comfort and function, when used in an integrative plan by knowledgeable handler.

Pain Management        

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."Helen Keller

Accurate assessment of pain in animals is a subjective and challenging endeavor for veterinary professional.
Many various factors are involved, including species, breed, age, origin of pain and type of pain.
Types of pain would include nociceptive(peripheral tissue injury ), neuropathic ( nerve damage or spinal cord damage ), visceral (thoracic or abdominal )or somatic ( bones, joints, muscles, skin).
Pain can be further broken down between a cute, sudden stimulus like surgery or trauma, and chronic, persistent beyond the time of normal healing.
Pain induced stress is one of the negative consequences of pain, causing a cascade of symptoms via the endocrine system. Increased cortisol, catecholamines, fight or flight hormones, anti-inflammatory mediations cause tachycardia, vasoconstriction, decreased gastrointestinal motility, delay healing and sleep deprivation.
Inadequate pain management can amplify pain perception and prolong a painful state.
Scoring tools like noting changes in behaviors, physiologic parameters, and noting response to treatment, assessment and reassessment, are vital to managing pain in our patients.
A multimodal approach to treating our patient's pain is most effective, using different drugs with varied actions and properties to attack and subdue pain on all available fronts.
With many new and improved protocols at our disposal, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, chondroprotectants, supplements and nutraceuticals are among the weapons in our arsenal.
Drugs we can use to comfort or painful patients would include corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, which have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, pseudo-opioids and opioids, which are analgesics, local and topical anesthetics which block pain recognition, antidepressants and anxiolytics, used in adjunctive analgesia.
Pain management is a huge and vital undertaking, requiring the whole dictionary team to use all of their knowledge, observational skills and compassion.
This surcease of pain requires a constant assault on the cause and symptomatology of pain.

Physical Therapy for your Pet        

Canine rehabilitation therapy adapts human physical therapy to dogs, using techniques and modalities to increase function and mobility in our pets.
Canine rehab can reduce pain and enhance recovery from surgery, injury, degenerative disease, age-related disease and obesity.
The goal of rehabilitation for your pet is to increase quality of life and to decrease pain.
These goals are applied to three different situations,
1, return to function, such as post op or injured animal
2, maintain function, such as in geriatric or neurologic patient
3, exceed function, such as the canine athletes
Your rehab practitioner has been extensively trained and certified to evaluate the whole patient, not only focusing on the injury or illness.
Upon receiving a diagnosis and referral from a veterinarian, your rehab therapist will perfect the treatment plan, monitor patient progress, and adjust therapy to achieve success.
Your rehab practitioner has many modalities and techniques at their disposal, to address dysfunction and augment their treatment program.
Treatments may include but are not limited to, laser therapy, massage, thermotherapy and cryotherapy, range of motion, stretching, balance and coordination exercises and strengthening exercises.
Rehab therapist also utilize skilled certified acupuncturist, certified Chinese herbalists and certified chiropractors, as well as Western medicine, surgeons and veterinarians.

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