What is Animal Physiotherapy and how can it help?

Animal Physiotherapy is used to rehabilitate and maintain health, mobility, function and performance in all animals whether they are your top competitor or your best friend.

A full treatment will assess your animals gait, mobility, muscle balance, muscle, tendon and ligament elasticity and strength, joint and limb flexibility and range of movement and over all suppleness.
Physiotherapy can treat a broad spectrum of conditions whether it is performance, medical or surgically related, with goals remaining the same:

  • to reduce pain
  • to regain full joint range of movement
  • to restore and enhance strength
  • to regain full functionality
  • to form a relevant exercise plan to avoid re-injury

As an Animal Physiotherapist, I am trained in both manual techniques such as:

  • Acupressure
  • myofascial release
  • trigger point release
  • Massage
  • soft tissue work
  • joint mobilisation

As well as electrotherapies such as:

  • Laser
  • Ultrasound
  • electro stimulation
  • pulsed electromagnetic field therapy

Post treatment and when appropriate, a full exercise rehabilitation programme can be written specifically for your animals condition to ensure the body can repair correctly and reduce the incidence of re-injury.

I treat a range of conditions through my working day including:

  • general check overs for peace of mind
  • Reduced performance
  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle tightness, soreness, spasm, strain, atrophy (wastage)
  • tendon and ligament injuries
  • Fractures
  • Orthopaedic conditions and joint injuries
  • lameness and gait abnormalities
  • behavioural issues
  • degenerative diseases
  • Neurological diseases
  • Post-operative rehab
  • Improving range of motion, flexibility and muscle tone
  • Wound repair and skin conditions e.g. mud fever, rain scald and suture breakdown
  • Minimise scarring and proud flesh
  • Gingivitis

Physiotherapy has a positive impact on musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, orthopaedic, post-operative and neurological conditions and can be beneficial for any animal.

In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act, it is essential that I obtain permission from the treating vet before applying any treatment to your animal, and will also remain in contact with them to discuss ongoing issues, findings and next stages.