Treatments

Horse

How can physiotherapy benefit your equine?

Physiotherapy is a highly recognised and accepted profession within human medicine and is now growing in demand within the veterinary world due to the wealth of benefits it can provide for animals.  For horses, physiotherapy can help manage:

 

Age

Pain is an increasing risk factor as you age. This is where physiotherapy can help with relief from these aches, pains and stiffness in the older animal. The aim of treatment is to improve flexibility and muscle function ultimately increasing the quality of life in the older horse.

 

Chronic pain management

Pre-screening can be used to identify and treat back stiffness, hamstring tightness, or scapular immobility. Physiotherapy can be used to help and identify the causes of chronic pain but also used before the competition to enhance mobility and flexibility and after competition to enhance tissue recovery. 

  • Spinal/joint pain

  • Muscular pain (tears/strains)

 Illness

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)

  • Neurological conditions

Rehabilitation

Post-operative- Physiotherapy helps reduce the recovery times after operations and ensure the optimum effectiveness following treatment. It can encourage healthy repair and minimise scarring as well as prevent atrophy helping the return to normal function

Injuries -  Following initial veterinary diagnosis, physiotherapy helps to speed recovery by reducing pain and return to normal function. This can be achieved by re-education of the muscles and gentle exercise.

Underlying lameness- Early detection is key to identify movement abnormalities. Identifying the underlying causes is important to ensure the correct treatment. These can include underlying orthopaedic or musculoskeletal problems.

Performance

Physiotherapy is well recognised in helping achieve and maintain optimal performance in the human athlete and can do the same for animals.

 

  • Maintaining performance

  • Return following injury

  • Poor performance – one sidedness, inconsistency

  • Saddle related problems

  • Favouring one canter lead

  • Lack of suppleness

  • Inability to maintain a good lead

  • Temperament changes – bucking… napping…

Dog

How can physiotherapy benefit your canine?

Dogs can also suffer from a large array of conditions and complications that can be treated with physiotherapy. The earlier and quicker most of these conditions are found and treated the better the prognosis tends to be. 

Treatments for dogs is not just injury or recovery-based but can include working dogs and athletic performance maintenance. 

The aim is always to help control pain and let your dog get the most out of life.

Any of these orthopaedic conditions can be improved for your canine with the help of physiotherapy and help alleviate pain and slow progression:

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

  • Luxating Patella

  • Elbow Dysplasia

While Physiotherapy cannot halt the progress of degenerative conditions, it can help to slow active decline while supporting a better quality of life with the correct exercises and lifestyle routines/changes.

Degenerative conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

  • Congenital Degenerative Myelopathy (CDRM) 

Post-operative treatments help reduce the recovery times after operations and ensure the optimum effectiveness following treatment such as:

  • Optimise soft tissue

  • Nerve & bony repair to regain mobility and function

Athletic performance should not be taken for granted and properly nurtured will ensure the well-being of your dog over its career. Physiotherapy session for agility dogs can optimise and maintain the athletic functional ability of working and sporting dogs.

Neurological conditions can seem like a big hurdle but every small step made through treatment can change exponentially in the well-being of your dog. Physiotherapy treatment can help to treat and/or maintain quality of life for dogs suffering from:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

  • Wobbler Syndrome

  • Spondylomyelopathy

Wound repair is difficult to avoid so ensuring it is correctly treated and maintained prevents unwanted complications. Therefore the professional and degree qualified laser treatment is offered to treat:

  • Bandage sores

  • Wounds across joints

  • Large surface areas

  • Chronic wounds

  • Muscle / Tendon tears

  • Ligament damage

These soft tissue damages take time and the CORRECT exercise can speed recovery and reduce pain for your canine.

Cat

How can physiotherapy benefit your feline?

Cats can also suffer from a large array of conditions and complications that can be treated with physiotherapy. The earlier and quicker most of these conditions are found and treated the better the prognosis tends to be.

 

Osteoarthritis

These degenerative conditions can be managed with the correct exercises and lifestyle routines/changes

Elderly 

Aging is inevitable, however physiotherapy can help manage some of the pain and complications that can occur.

Post & pre-operations

This helps reduce the recovery times after operations and ensure the optimum effectiveness following treatment.

Injury

Wound repairs can be difficult so ensuring they are correctly treated and maintained prevents unwanted complications.

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