Physiotherapy assesses the animal as a whole, looking at them statically, dynamically and through touch. The range of motion of joints and feel of the tissues are investigated.
Following assessment, a treatment plan will be devised for your animal using several techniques for example, massage, stretching, electrotherapies and potentially hydrotherapy.
The goals of the treatment plan will vary dependent on the assessment.
Some common conditions treated with physiotherapy include:
The benefits of physiotherapy are:
Physiotherapy can only be carried out with veterinary consent, to request an appointment and to allow me to gain consent from your veterinary surgeon please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Hydrotherapy is particularly beneficial for dogs suffering from arthritis or before surgery to build up the muscle to aid recovery and is often used alongside physiotherapy as it allows exercise in a non-weightbearing environment.
Before beginning hydrotherapy a full assessment will be completed this will indicate the appropriate swim time, length of breaks and any specific areas which need to be targeted.
Whilst working in a non-weightbearing environment your animal will still be working their muscles hard which develops condition and tone without adding stress to joints.
Following surgery, after wound, healing hydrotherapy can target muscle development and provide gentle exercise mobilising joints without pain.
During hydrotherapy the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems are used more than during land based exercise, this means overall fitness is improved and can contribut to weight loss.
Hydrotherapy can only be carried out with veterinary consent, to request an appointment and to allow me to gain consent from your veterinary surgeon please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Head over to the fitness page to find out more about our fun swims for dogs without medical conditions.