When a dog is injured, he may be prescribed various different kinds of therapy for rehabilitation. Some of these therapies are classed as veterinary physical rehabilitation, and others are classed as complementary and alternative veterinary medicine.
Veterinary physical rehabilitation can be performed by a veterinarian, or by a licensed non-veterinarian, ideally under the supervision of the canine patient’s vet. Techniques include stretching, massage, hydrotherapy, application of heat and cooling, electrical stimulation, low-level lasers, exercises, ultrasound, and magnetic field therapies. The American Veterinary Medical Association does not count veterinary chiropractic as part of veterinary physical rehabilitation.
Mills, D. and D. Levine (2013) Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. MA: Elsevier Saunders