January 21, 2016

Treatments

Initial Assessment

All appointments are carried out at your animals own pace, please allow around an hour for the initial assessment to allow your animal time to feel comfortable with our therapist.

The initial assessment includes stance and gait assessment as well as observation of functional activities in the normal daily routine. Hands on assessment techniques are then performed and include; palpation of soft tissues, assessment of joint function and neurological testing where appropriate. Along with your pets medical history this assessment enables us to identify problem areas and develop an individual treatment program tailored specifically for your pet.

Manual Therapies

Are frequently used and aim to reduce muscle pain and spasm, increase joint mobility and reduce soft tissue adhesion’s. Manual therapies include:

  • Massage techniques
  • Passive range of motion
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Passive stretches
  • Joint Mobilisations
Reduced hindlimb weightbearing & muscle loss

Electrotherapies

Come in a variety of forms, they work at a cellular level and can have many positive effects on your pets recovery. These may include providing pain relief, improved rate of healing for soft tissues and bone, improved nerve conduction, reduced inflammation and increased local blood flow. All electrotherapies are non-painful to the animal. Examples of electrotherapy include:

  • Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (PMFT)
  • Phototherapy
  • Class III Laser Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Stimulation
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy in use

Thermotherapies 

Employ the use of heat, to increase blood flow and increase soft tissue elasticity, or cold to decrease pain and inflammation. Both therapies also achieve a pain relieving effect to provide relief of symptoms and are frequently used as part of a home therapy program.

  • Heat therapy
  • Cold therapy

Exercise Prescription & Rehabilitation Programs

Exercise prescription forms an integral part of the physiotherapy program and are prescribed individually according to your pets age, ability and stage of healing. Exercises at home aim to compliment treatments during physiotherapy sessions and can be designed to have a variety of possible outcomes, including:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Improve core stability
  • Improve balance
  • Improve proprioception and body awareness
  • Re-educate gait patterns
  • Actively stretch soft tissues
Balance and weightbearing exercises

Veterinary physiotherapy can only be provided with the consent of the referring veterinary surgeon according to the Veterinary Surgeons act 1966