Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy, is a complementary therapy carried out with Veterinary consent.
The main aim of physiotherapy is to restore mobility, function and quality of life to patients. This is done by stimulating the bodies natural healing process to restore injured tissues, improve the balance/strength of the injured tissues and stabilising the neurological and musculoskeletal systems. It can reduce the time taken for the body to recover from an injury or operation or in the case of osteoarthritis, by using a holistic approach to reduce the pain and stiffness in the joints and slow down the disease process.
As with humans, the sooner the animal can start rehabilitation after an operation or injury, the better. As well as treating the current problem, which aims to reduce inflammation and pain as well as preventing stiffness and muscle loss (atrophy), animals can get compensation issues as they "just get on with it" . This is why it is the important to treat the whole animal and not just the obvious, current problem. The long-term goal is to where possible, get them to full recovery and where this is not as possible, the best they can be. This is achieved by restoring weight-bearing, strength and mobility. Team work between vets, therapists and the pets owner is essential to get to this goal.
After the initial assessment, an individual treatment plan will be implemented. This will include both manual techniques and also the use of laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy), TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), Hot and Cold therapy, Kinesiology Taping depending on what I feel your pet will benefit from. I will use exercises to target certain muscles and joints depending on the assessment and you will (where I see suitable) get homework exercises to do to enable the optimum recovery/maintenance of your pet.
Physiotherapy can help dogs with:
Physiotherapy can help cats/rabbits and other small pets with:
I understand how much your pet means to you, they are part of the family and you want the very best for them. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Either by calling or email or by clicking on the "contact Anna" link here...