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:
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 from 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 causes of chronic pain but also used before competition to enhance mobility and flexibility and after competition to enhance tissue recovery.
Muscular pain (tears/strains)
Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
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 problem.
Physiotherapy is well recognised in helping achieve and maintain optimal performance in the human athlete and can do the same for animals.
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…
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 conditions can be improved for your canine with the help of physiotherapy:
Hip Dysplasia, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture, Luxating Patella, Elbow Dysplasia
These are orthopaedic conditions that can be managed and help alleviate pain and slow progression.
Osteoarthritis, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), Congenital Degenerative Myelopathy (CDRM)
These degenerative conditions can be managed with the correct exercises and lifestyle routines/changes.
Optimise soft tissue, nerve & bony repair to regain mobility and function
Post-operative treatments help reduce the recovery times after operations and ensure the optimum effectiveness following treatment.
Optimise and maintain athletic functional ability of working and sporting dogs
Athletic performance should not be taken for granted and properly nurtured will ensure the well-being of your dog over its career.
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD),Wobbler Syndrome
Spondylomyelopathy 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.
Bandage sores, Wounds across joints, Large surface areas, De-gloves, Chronic wounds
Wound repair is difficult to avoid so ensuring it is correctly treated and maintained prevents unwanted complications.
Muscle / Tendon tears, Ligament damage
These soft tissue damages take time and the CORRECT exercise can speed recovery and reduce pain for your canine.
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.
This degenerative conditions can be managed with the correct exercises and lifestyle routines/changes
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.
wound repairs can be difficult so ensuring they are correctly treated and maintained prevents unwanted complications.