Veterinary physiotherapy focuses on diagnosing and treating a number of conditions relating to the muscular and skeletal system and neurological conditions or injuries. Treatment programs are wide-ranging and may include massage therapy, exercise therapy, pain management and weight management. Physiotherapy can help prolong the quality of life in pets, helping to reduce pain, increasing movement, range of motion and flexibility, improving muscle function and reducing stress and anxiety.
Physiotherapy involves using different techniques to help your pet regain improved use of their limbs, strengthen joints and muscles, improve mobility, reduce pain, and to prevent or limit disability so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Depending on the severity of injury, physical therapy may include massage or stretching exercises, or may involve advanced methods of controlled balance and flexibility exercise techniques.
Following your pets initial assessment, our practitioner will formulate a clear and personalised plan going forward. This will almost always involve exercises to continue at home. We will supply helpful exercise sheets, images or videos to guide you. Our team can also recommend additional therapies that may be beneficial to your specific pets needs, these may include discussing things like diet, supplements, braces, weight control, harnesses etc.
Physiotherapy may be beneficial for:
- Improving the recovery of soft tissue injuries Correcting postural issues
- Increasing or aiding in mobility
- Alleviating muscle tension
- Increasing blood circulation
- Stimulating the lymphatic system
- Injury prevention
- Improving athletic performance
- Ligament injuries
- Behaviour and chronic pain related issues Osteoarthritis
- Sudden onset lameness
- Long term intermittent or persistent lameness
- Post-operative surgery e.g. surgery of the stifle (knee), fracture rehabilitation and hip replacements
- Spinal or neurological conditions e.g. stenosis, intervertebral disc disease or sciatica
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Carpal hyperextension injuries
- Muscle tears and injuries
- Tendon sprains and strains
- Trigger points and myofascial pain
- Palliative or end of life care