Veterinary Physiotherapy is the treatment of Injury or Disease through physical means

Benefits of Physiotherapy

  • Increased blood flow which aids tissue healing

  • Increased lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling

  • Reduces pain

  • Reduces atrophy ( wastage and/or loss of optimum function) of muscle and other soft tissues

  • Promotes normal joint mobility 

  • Promotes normal gait patterns

  • Improves proprioception (natural balance and touch senses)

  • Reduces the chance of infection

  • Mentally stimulating and calming

  • Promotes psychological well being for animal and owner, and encourages social interaction

Veterinary Physiotherapy is the treatment of Injury or Disease through physical means

Benefits of Physiotherapy

  • Increased blood flow which aids tissue healing

  • Increased lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling

  • Reduces pain

  • Reduces atrophy ( wastage and/or loss of optimum function) of muscle and other soft tissues

  • Promotes normal joint mobility 

  • Promotes normal gait patterns

  • Improves proprioception (natural balance and touch senses)

  • Reduces the chance of infection

  • Mentally stimulating and calming

  • Promotes psychological well being for animal and owner, and encourages social interaction

Should my animal have physiotherapy ?

  • Has your animal recently had surgery?

  • Had an injury or accident? 

  • Become stiff or weak?

  • Unexplained behavioural changes or irritability?

  • Developed schooling or training issues? 

  • lost the ability to jump into a car or onto a high surface?

  • Unwillingness to move or loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities? 

  • Is your young animal more susceptible to musculoskeletal diseases due to to its breed?

  • Have you got an older animal and are worried about diseases such as arthritis? 

  • Concerned about your animals weight or overall  condition?

      If so then physiotherapy may be able to help

Veterinary Physiotherapy is the treatment of Injury or Disease through physical means

Benefits of Physiotherapy

  • Increased blood flow which aids tissue healing

  • Increased lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling

  • Reduces pain

  • Reduces atrophy ( wastage and/or loss of optimum function) of muscle and other soft tissues

  • Promotes normal joint mobility 

  • Promotes normal gait patterns

  • Improves proprioception (natural balance and touch senses)

  • Reduces the chance of infection

  • Mentally stimulating and calming

  • Promotes psychological well being for animal and owner, and encourages social interaction

Should my animal have physiotherapy ?

  • Has your animal recently had surgery?

  • Had an injury or accident? 

  • Become stiff or weak?

  • Unexplained behavioural changes or irritability?

  • Developed schooling or training issues? 

  • lost the ability to jump into a car or onto a high surface?

  • Unwillingness to move or loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities? 

  • Is your young animal more susceptible to musculoskeletal diseases due to to its breed?

  • Have you got an older animal and are worried about diseases such as arthritis? 

  • Concerned about your animals weight or overall  condition?

      If so then physiotherapy may be able to help

Assessment 

​All animals will undergo a thorough assessment prior to the start of treatment. Generally a comprehensive assessment should include:

  • Clinical History

  • Observation

  • Palpation

  • Analysis of gait and locomotion

  • Identification of problem areas

  • Individual treatment plan 

Treatment Techniques 

Once the animal has been thoroughly assessed and problem areas have been identified, a specific treatment plan shall be established to help alleviate pain, and return the body to optimal function, whether this is for competition animals or those recovering from illness or injury.

Treatment plans may evolve and change as time progresses, in order to best fit the animals current abilities and lifestyle. Multi-modal approaches to healing are generally the most effective, and veterinary physiotherapists will often utilise more than one treatment type:

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