Pet Physio Techniques and Therapies

Animal physiotherapy is an important component of the treatment for many musculoskeletal (muscle, bone, joints, soft tissues) and neurological conditions seen in small animal and exotic pets. Rehabilitation utilises the skill of the therapist to apply physiotherapy techniques and clinical reasoning to manage pain and restore movement. In Hong Kong, physiotherapy for pets must be overseen by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the correct and safe treatments are administered appropriately to ensure rehabilitation goals are met. 

Physiotherapy can commence as soon as possible after any injury, surgery or diagnosis of musculoskeletal or neurological conditions from your vet. Many gentle manual techniques and modalities can be used to help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness, slow the muscle atrophy and cartilage degeneration and stimulate healing. We ensure treatments are specific and gentle so as not to risk repair of the damaged and healing tissues.

The treatment programme will generally include a variety of manual therapies, modalities to modulate healing and pain (such as laser, laser-puncture, electrical stimulation, magnetic field therapy or cold compression) and therapeutic exercises; all individually selected for the individual patient.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves a variety of soft tissue techniques such as massage, joint mobilisations and stretching used for both evaluating and treating patients.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a painless and non-invasive technique which relaxes muscles and releases endorphins making this treatment very comfortable for the pet.

Laser-puncture: Acupuncture via laser

Laser-puncture or Acu-laser synergistically blends traditional acupuncture with the new technology of laser therapy, resulting in fast, efficient and highly effective treatments.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy, a non-intrusive method, utilises sound energy to bring about physical changes by administering compressive and tensile forces at tissue interfaces.

Electrical stimulation - NMES and TENS

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) involves the use of electrical stimulation to both strengthen muscles and for pain relief.

Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (tPEMF)

Sweet pain relief! NPAID (Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatory Device) technology is here! Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (tPEMF) therapy is a non-invasive safe way to treat and speed healing of injured tissues, reduce inflammation and lower pain levels in your pet.

Cryotherapy and Heat therapy (Thermal therapy)

Thermal therapy is the application of hot or cold elements to the body for the relief of pain and control of inflammation and swelling.

Therapeutic Exercise

A tailored therapeutic exercise programme is designed by Paws in Motion’s veterinary therapist to be muscle specific and comprehensive to ensure it meets your individual pet’s needs. It is a vital element of rehabilitation.

Digatherm Technology

Can you be sure your pet is not in pain? Digital infrared thermal imaging provides a non-invasive physiological body scan that evaluates your pet’s circulation, neurological and musculoskeletal function.

Water therapy referral

At Paws in Motion, we know that physiotherapy and rehabilitation involves a lot more than just getting into water. We offer our clients referral for pool or underwater treadmill use, as well as open water swimming advice.

Stance Analyser

The Companion Animal Stance Analyzer can help diagnose lameness in dogs of any size, breed or weight by giving an objective measurement of how a pet is shifting their weight to avoid pain.