Veterinary Physiotherapy

Veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy which is best used in collaboration with conventional veterinary treatment. All patients treated by All Paws & Equine Vet Physio require a veterinary referral form which can be downloaded here.

The aim of veterinary physiotherapy following injury, surgery or disease is to

  • Reduce pain caused by inflammation and tissue damage,

  • Enhance healing and reduce scar tissue formation,

  • Improve range of motion,

  • Reduce the risk of injury by increasing fitness, strength and mobility,

  • Re-educate gait, improve balance and proprioception (awareness of body position),

  • Maintain or enhance muscle mass,

  • Improve performance,

  • Reduce muscle spasms

Treatments and techniques include:

Manual Therapies:

Massage can enhance circulation, reduce inflammation and oedema. Relieve tension, reduce pain, aid relaxation and reduce anxiety. As well as stimulate sensory nerves to aid in the rehabilitation of animals with neurological deficits.

Stretching can help to improve soft tissue mobility, increase range of motion, aid in the correct alignment of healing tissues to prevent restrictive fibrotic scar tissue and increase muscular suppleness.

Joint mobilisations improves joint health by aiding synovial fluid production, increases joint range of motion and improve gait re-education.

Electrotherapy Treatment:

Therapeutic ultrasound to enhance soft tissue healing such as tendon and ligament injuries. Also promotes fracture healing.

 

Photobiomodulation also know as Low level laser therapy provides pain relief, enhance tissue repair and releases muscular trigger points.

Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) provides pain relief and can be very beneficial if used prior to manual therapies on very sore patients.

 

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT) has been shown to enhance nerve regeneration and fracture repair. Reduces pain and oedema as well as aiding wound healing. 

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) targets motor nerves (in muscles) and is used on atrophied muscles to increase muscle strength.

Remedial exercise:

Each client shall receive an individually designed home exercise plan where necessary which will include remedial exercises. Please click on the relevant animal page for further details of all services offered.

 

We also provide canine fitness and fun sessions which is great for puppies..

What to expect at your appointment

Each patient treated by All Paws & Equine Vet Physio will receive a thorough assessment at their first appointment. This will include questions about your animals condition/needs and home environment, gait analysis (where possible), as well as hands on palpation including joint range of motion where necessary. Physiotherapy treatment will then be carried out and a plan of action will be discussed with you. Please allow enough time for each appointment.  

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