Veterinary physiotherapy is essential in the prevention, cure and rehabilitation of many conditions. Following soft tissue injuries, fractures, age related musculoskeletal disease and a number of different surgical procedures, physiotherapy is used to accelerate healing, the rehabilitation process and restore function. Canine physiotherapy re-educates movement, increases strength and function, reduces pain, swelling and inflammation and improves your dogs quality of life and return to normal mobility.
Physiotherapy-Conditions that can be helped :
Each patient will have a thorough assessment including questions about lifestyle, medical issues, behaviour and the home environment. This will be followed by an assessment of your dog’s gait, at a variety of paces, on and off the lead. It may also be required to assess how your dog carries out certain activities. Joint movement and muscular palpation is performed.
From this assessment your dog’s problems will be identified and then an individual treatment programme will be planned accordingly.
Physiotherapy should start as soon after the injury or surgery as possible. This doesn't mean strenuous exercise! (Remember often less is more!) Gentle movements and specialist techniques help to reduce pain, stimulate repair, reduce swelling and prevent muscle wasting hence speeding recovery.
Expert assessment, treatment, advice and a home programme specifically designed for each individual animal is also provided. As well as teaching owners hands-on techniques that they can use at home, advice will be given that can make a real difference in the rehabilitation process and long-term management if the condition requires it.
Different exercises are advised on and demonstrated with your dog to improve muscle strength and control, help balance, flexibility and function.
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