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Physiotherapy has long been accepted in the human field as a way to help speed up and maximise recovery. In comparison, veterinary physiotherapy is not so common place.

Veterinary Physiotherapy involves the application of individually tailored, evidence-based techniques in order to improve the functionality of your animal’s musculoskeletal, circulatory, and nervous systems.

Physiotherapy techniques include massage, passive and active range of motion mobilisations, passive and active stretches, and remedial exercise prescription, which can include a wide variety of movements and equipment. Electrotherapies may also be incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan where necessary, to enhance the recovery of targeted tissues. It is important to remember that each case is unique and your therapist will employ the most effective techniques for each situation. Therefore, you may not observe every physiotherapy technique applied at your session.

Veterinary Physiotherapy can benefit animals by:

  • Reducing pain
  • Improving strength
  • Improving mobility
  • Improving flexibility
  • Improving and enhancing healing
  • Minimising scar tissue formation
  • Increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Improving performance
  • Preventing injury
  • Improving quality of life

By working in conjunction with your veterinary surgeon and other veterinary professionals, your animal can be supported throughout its rehabilitation to achieve maximal improvement.

Some conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lameness
  • Pre- or post-surgery
  • Tendon or ligament conditions
  • Obesity
  • Muscular tears or strains
  • Neck or back pain
  • Neurological conditions

This is by no means an exhaustive list so if you think your animal may benefit from physiotherapy, please contact Pawsitive Steps or your veterinary surgeon for more advice.

Veterinary Physiotherapy is not limited to dogs, cats and horses as many people believe. If you have a different animal that you feel may benefit from physiotherapy, please feel free to contact Pawsitive Steps to discuss your animal’s needs.