VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

WHAT IS VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Veterinary physiotherapists take a holistic approach to each patient through taking into consideration full clinical history and performing a thorough musculoskeletal assessment through static and dynamic observation, palpation and joint range of motion. Following assessment, veterinary physiotherapists use clinical reasoning to develop scientific evidence based physiotherapy treatment plans to meet individual patient requirements.  

 

Veterinary physiotherapists use manual physiotherapeutic techniques such as massage, myofascial release, passive joint range of motion and stretching, along with electrotherapies and remedial exercise to reduce pain, improve flexibility and joint range of motion, increase muscle mass, strength and endurance and thus restore and maintain optimum musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function.

Veterinary physiotherapy may also be used to enhance and develop athletic performance, reduce risk of injury and improve recovery post-competition. Furthermore, veterinary physiotherapy may be used alongside veterinary treatment to enhance the rehabilitation or long-term management of acute or chronic musculoskeletal or neurological conditions and injuries.

PHYSIOTHERAPY HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF BENEFITS:

  • Reduce pain

  • Restore and maintain optimum musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function

  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation

  • Address muscular imbalance

  • Improve flexibility, extensibility and joint range of motion

  • Increase muscle mass, strength and endurance 

  • Improve posture

  • Enhance tissue healing

  • Manage chronic conditions

  • Optimise athletic performance

  • Enhance recovery post competition

IF YOUR ANIMAL PRESENTS WITH ANY OF THE

FOLLOWING CONDITIONS, PHYSIOTHERAPY MAY

BE OF BENEFIT: 

  • Acute or chronic pain

  • Reduced joint range of motion

  • Joint injuries

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Neurological conditions

  • Nerve injuries

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Wound healing and tissue repair

  • Fibrosis 

  • Swelling or oedema

  • Back, neck or pelvic pain  

  • Muscle soreness

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Decreased athletic performance

Veterinary physiotherapists are required to treat under veterinary referral or consent in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Authorisation from the animal’s veterinarian will be required prior to treatment.

AFTERCARE AND MANAGEMENT ADVICE:

Veterinary physiotherapists offer advice regarding the management of both equine and canine patients. Necessary and appropriate adaptations to the home environment and general management will be discussed with the owner.

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

Laura Burnham

07592 142515

info@lauraburnhamvetphysio.co.uk

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