Manual physiotherapeutic techniques include massage, myofascial release , passive joint range of motion and passive stretching.



Effects of massage include:

  • Relieve muscular pain

  • Stretch tissue adhesions, increasing tissue flexibility and extensibility, therefore improving tissue tensile strength, function and joint range of motion

  • Enhance muscle repair 

  • Improve scar tissue

  • Improve muscle tone

  • Reduce muscle spasm

  • Increase muscle suppleness

  • Reduce oedema and swelling

  • Restore function of neuromuscular junctions

  • Improve muscle performance, endurance and recovery

  • Increase stride length



Effects of range of motion include:​

  • Increase flexibility

  • Decrease pain

  • Prevent adhesions between soft tissue and bones

  • Remodel periarticular fibrosis

  • Improve muscle and soft tissue extensibility

  • Maintain muscle mass

  • Help minimise the long-term effects of disuse or immobilisation 

  • Help prevent further injury to joints, muscles and tendons

  • Improve synovial fluid production and diffusion

  • Help promote correct collagen alignment in recovery



Effects of Passive Stretching include:

  • Decrease muscle contracture

  • Decrease muscle adhesions

  • Prevent tissue shortening

  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity

  • Loosen tight muscles

  • Improve relaxation of muscles

  • Increase flexibility of muscle and tendon

  • Re-educate muscle fibres and joints, treat injuries, address muscle tension and imbalance

  • Mobilise restricted joints and improve joint ROM

  • Increase stride length

  • Improve postural balance

  • Reduce exercise related muscle soreness.

Please do contact us if you would like to discuss veterinary physiotherapy for your animal or have any enquiries. We look forward to hearing from you.

Laura Burnham Veterinary Physiotherapy     T: 07592 142515     E:

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