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Benefits of Physiotherapy

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy? 

Veterinary Physiotherapy involves; 

  1. Assessing History: The assessment begins with a detailed discussion covering previous injuries or surgeries, current performance level, exercise routine, and any behavioural changes or concerns.

  2. Dynamic Assessment: Observation of the animal's gait and movement patterns at rest and during exercise. This helps to identify any lameness, asymmetry, stiffness, or irregularities.

  3. Static Assessment: The animals' posture and conformation are assessed to identify any structural or biomechanical issues affecting their movement and comfort.

  4. Palpation: The use of hands-on techniques to assess the animal's muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. This helps in identifying areas of tension, discomfort, or muscle imbalances. The condition of the animal's muscles is assessed, including muscle tone, symmetry, and any signs of muscle atrophy or hypertrophy.

  5. Range of Motion Assessment: The range of motion of the animal's joints is evaluated to identify any restrictions or limitations in movement. The mobility and condition of the animal's joints are examined to detect any stiffness or swelling.

  6. Neurological Evaluation: Neurological tests may be used to assess the horse's coordination, reflexes, and nerve function

Once the assessment is completed, I will create a personalised treatment plan, which will likely include the following; 

  • Massage and Stretching 

  • Remedial Exercise  

  • Thermotherapy

  • Electrotherapy; 
    - Therapeutic LASER therapy 
    - Therapeutic Ultrasound 
    - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) 

Amelia Gallivan performing a range of motion assessment on an equine forelimb.

Veterinary physiotherapy focuses on assessing, treating, and rehabilitating animals to improve their physical well-being and quality of life. It involves the application of various physiotherapeutic techniques to address musculoskeletal, neurological, and other physical issues. 

What are the Benefits of Veterinary Physiotherapy? 

Veterinary Physiotherapy offers numerous benefits to enhance the physical and mental well-being of our animal companions. These include:

  • Decreasing muscle pain, spasms, and swelling

  • Increasing muscle symmetry

  • Enhancing joint mobility, stability, and range of motion

  • Managing symptoms of arthritis and degenerative joint disease

  • Reducing the risk of injury

  • Improving proprioception

  • Enhancing strength, conditioning, and overall well-being

  • Aiding in post-injury or post-surgery recovery

Amelia Gallivan using electrotherapy to treat an equine client.

Conditions that Veterinary Physiotherapy Can Help  

Canine Conditions

Equine Conditions 

  • Ligament injuries 

  • Joint Conditions / Injuries; 
    - Hip Dysplasia 
    - Elbow Dysplasia 
    - Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries 

  • Neurological Conditions 

  • Fractures 

  • Reduced Mobility 

  • Spinal Injuries / Conditions 
    - Stiffness 
    - Soreness
    - Disc disease or prolapse 

  • Obesity / Weight Control 

  • Back pain 

  • Muscle pain, injury and asymmetry  

  • Muscle atrophy 

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Reduced performance or schooling issues 

  • Nerve Injuries 

  • Ligament Injuries 

  • Obesity 

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