Physio Treatments for Animals
What does treatment involve?
The first thing I will do is to take a full and detailed written history from the owner or main handler, I will then observe the animal moving, for instance, at a walk, trot and run/canter. This will be followed by a detailed hands on assessment looking at range of motion of joints, muscles and soft tissues. Following this and in discussion with the owner/handler I decide on a treatment plan.
Treatments commonly used
As a Physiotherapist I use techniques to mobilise joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to help provide pain relief and restore normal function. The techniques used include soft tissue and joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, myofascial release and trigger point release. Electrotherapy such as laser, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation can be used in conjunction with manual therapy to enhance its effects.
Many animals require specific exercises to complete their rehabilitation, especially after surgery or a chronic musculo-skeletal problem. An individual exercise programme is designed to help each animal (plus riders and handlers too) to reach their full potential.
I can also give advice on adaptations to your animals’ environment that will help them perform tasks more easily. This can be especially helpful for older animals or for those who have recently had surgery.