Assessment is the first step in physiotherapy. It includes analysing the pet’s ability and function when they stand, walk and sit.
The bones make up the skeleton which give structure to your pet’s musculoskeletal system. Some bones are protective- like the skull bones and rib cage and others are for mobility, like the bones of the legs.
Compensatory issues are when we find other parts of your pet that are painful or uncomfortable but are not at the primary area that we know is sore.
The bony spine is to encase the spinal cord which caries messages from the brain to the body. The discs give it the mobility for the pet to move.
We use equipment like the peanut and the K9Fitbone.These pieces of equipment allow me to design exercise program for your pet.
Physiotherapy is all about Making pets fit for life. Returning a pet to fitness or introducing a pet to a new activity should be a step process to avoid injury.
We use goniometers to measure the joint range of motion- how much flexion and extension is possible.
Harnesses are great for helping pets with their mobility- They allow us to more easily support and move the pet, whether it’s helping old dogs to stand more easily, or help your pet upstairs after surgery.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. It’s crucial to the healing process but when it gets out of control, it stops being helpful and is painful.
No jumping is what I am always telling my clients after injury or surgery!
Kyphosis is when the spine of an animal is hunched and may suggest pain in the spine or hips.
Laser therapy uses light energy that is absorbed by the cells to help them to upregulate and do a better job.
For massage and Manual therapy, we use our magic hands.
Physiotherapy is non-invasive. We don’t poke or prod the pet- in fact anything we do should not hurt your pet.
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a Painful inflammatory joint condition which is very common in old pets and also pets which have had joint problems before.
Our physiotherapy patients are many different shapes, sizes and species. We frequently treat dogs, cats and rabbits.
Physiotherapy helps to improve pet quality of life, especially in older pets with mobility issues. That’s because we focus on reliving their pain, strengthening their muscles and providing solutions to helping them more easily do their daily activities.
Assessing Reflexes are part of our assessment of the neurological system.
Thermotherapy simple means heat and cold therapy. it’s a cheap and easy way to help our pets.
Underwater treadmill is a form of hydrotherapy which also includes swimming.
Physiotherapy requires detailed knowledge of animal anatomy and disease.
Weight management is hugely important for many of our physiotherapy patients.
Xrays are used to help give us a 2 dimensional picture of the bones and some soft tissues inside the body which can then help us to identify problems.
We are reliant on You and your home care team to help us improve and gain the best results for your pet by being involved in daily home care and home exercise.
Your pet should feel relaxed after a physiotherapy session. Both massage and laser therapy encourage the brain to release endorphins, the body’s feel good hormones, which cause an analgesic or pain reliving effect and encourage relaxation and sleep.