What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy works holistically involving a combination of assessments and treatment techniques applied to the musculoskeletal & neurological systems to locate weaknesses, imbalances & pain, thus identifying potential problems. Veterinary Physiotherapy aims to support good quality of life for animals and/or optimise the performance of sporting animals by enhancing healing and recovery, reducing pain, restoring and maintaining function, mobility and fitness. 

Physiotherapy can be useful for:

  • Working or Performance Animals - preventing injury & enhancing performance
  • Post Surgery or Injury - enhancing healing & appropriate rehabilitation
  • Older Animals - support good quality of life
  • Addressing poor performance
  • Pain Relief
Equine Physiotherapy

How can I tell if my horse may need Physiotherapy treatment?

  • Behaviour changes - in stable, tacking up, under saddle
  • Contact issues / stiffness on one rein / abnormal head carriage
  • Crookedness under saddle
  • Saddle slip
  • Reluctance to move forwards/ lack of impulsion or engagement
  • Lethargy
  • Reduced performance - knocking poles / stopping / poor transitions / lateral work / disunited in canter
  • Difficulty in working in an outline
  • Loss of muscle or lack of top line
  • Uneven shoe wear / dragging toes
  • Regular strenuous performance/ workouts  
  • Reduced or abnormal strides

 Common Equine issues or conditions treated:

  • Neck / Back / Pelvic pain
  • Post Injury or Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Tendon/Ligament injuries
  • Joint Conditions
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Poor Performance
  • Fractures
  • Chronic / Age related conditions such as Osteoarthritis
  • Saddle related problems
  • Neurological conditions
  • Wounds
  • Poor foot balance
  • Lack of fitness / core stability / strength
  • Conformational issues
Canine Physiotherapy

 How can I tell if my dog may need Physiotherapy treatment?

  • Reluctance to go on walks
  • Sitting down/refusing to move mid walk
  • Difficulty jumping into car, going up / down stairs
  • Appears stiff
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Reduced performance - gun dogs, agility dogs, police dogs etc.
  • Noticed muscle wastage
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Lethargy
  • Persistent licking of a specific area
  • Unwilling to be touched in a specific area
  • Reduced or abnormal strides
  • In pain
  • No longer wants to play ball etc.

Common Canine issues or conditions treated:

  • Conservative management of Orthopaedic or Neurological conditions
  • Post Orthopaedic or Neurological Surgery rehabilitation
  • Age Related conditions
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Tendon/Ligament Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Wounds
  • Weight Management
  • Joint Conditions
  • Back pain
  • Muscle Injuries

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