When used correctly, Myofascial Release causes no harm, and, in Ruth’s experience, has proven to be very successful when used on felines, canines, and other companion animals. The techniques are the same, with revision of hand placements due to the smaller areas being treated.

In the spring of 2001, an interview was conducted with Jan Steiss, D.V.M., Ph.D., P.T., who became licensed as a physical therapist after initially being licensed as a veterinarian in 1975. The question was posed: “We all have expectations as we try new adventures, what surprised you the most about the program you attended?”

Her response: “I learned to appreciate that the profession of physical therapy has a coherent scientific basis that can be adapted to veterinary medicine, especially in the area that interests me most, the neuromuscular system. It became apparent that the function of nerve and muscle is very similar among species and that the principles of neuromuscular rehabilitation can be transferred to animals.”