Veterinary Physiotherapy

The aim of physiotherapy is to improve the animal’s movement and wellbeing in order to enhance their quality of life.   Like humans, animals can benefit hugely from treatments aimed at reducing pain and developing strength, flexibility and control of movement. A good veterinary physiotherapist will work closely with the animal’s vet to improve and maintain the animal’s musculoskeletal health.  

Every animal is different and every case has specific factors that need to be assessed and considered. A physiotherapist will treat the “whole animal” rather than just the primary presenting issues.   There is no “template” treatment programme as each patient has different needs and the treatments need to be individually tailored.  Pet insurance companies will often cover the costs of Veterinary Physiotherapy by a suitably qualified professional. 

Key aims are to:

  • Reduce/minimise pain
  • Increase flexibility, including range of motion of joints
  • Address incorrect posture or movement
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Improve co-ordination, proprioception and balance
  • Correct or minimise any compensatory issues arising from acute or chronic conditions
  • Minimise the effects of degenerative conditions
  • These all help to improve/maintain the animal’s functional movement, improve quality of life and/or enhance athletic performance.
Veterinary physiotherapy can improve outcomes for animals suffering from both acute and chronic conditions, soft tissue injuries/pathologies, fractures, neurological conditions and degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis.   Sporting animals can also benefit from physiotherapy to improve their neuromuscular and cardiovascular performance. 

 Following a comprehensive assessment treatments may include:

  • Soft tissue therapy, including therapeutic massage and trigger point release
  • Therapeutic range of motion
  • Stretches
  • Electrotherapies (laser/phototherapy, pulsed magnetic field therapy, ultrasound, neuromuscular stimulation, TENS etc)
  • Exercise programme and rehabilitation plan

Covid-19

All appointments are risk assessed before the appointment and dynamically.  Safe operating protocols are implemented and social distancing observed.