Physiotherapy for your dog
All dogs can benefit from physiotherapy from the family pet to dogs competing in the show ring, agility, field trials or other canine sporting activity.
- Muscular tears, strains, weakness and pain
- Joint stiffness, arthritis
- Tendon/ligament injuries including cruciate ligament injury
- Patellar luxation
- Nerve damage and neurological issues
- Neck and spinal issues
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Rehabilitation following surgery
- General musculoskeletal checks for maintenance
- Weight management
- Difficulty with normal day to day function
- Reduced performance in agility, show or working dogs
- Subtle changes in behavior can be the first signs of pain or discomfort.
The Lame, Injured or Post-Surgical Dog
Following veterinary diagnosis, whether post-surgery or as conservative management, a combination of manual and electrotherapies and an individually tailored progressive exercise programme can assist tissue healing and rehabilitation, reduce pain and inflammation, compensatory problems and scar tissue with the aim of returning the dog to maximum health and performance and restoring full function and mobility.
Neurological or Congenital Conditions
Physiotherapy can help in conditions such as hip dysplasia, spinal injury, neurological conditions and progressive degenerative conditions, whether treated surgically or conservatively, and help relieve pain, improve strength, neurological function, proprioception and mobility whilst aiding healing.
General mobility and suppleness can be assisted by physiotherapy in the older dog helping to improve quality of life by reducing pain and helping your old friend with day to day functions such as climbing the stairs, helping him remain an active member of the family for longer. It can provide symptomatic pain relief from arthritis and help in maintenance of a healthy bodyweight, both allowing for a more active and comfortable lifestyle with exercise programmes individually tailored to your dog’s age and ability.
Agility and working dogs
In the working or competing canine subtle changes in movement or technique or reduced performance levels are often the first signs of a potential problem. Physiotherapy can improve strength, mobility and flexibility; improving balance, strength and core stability in the athletic dog, reducing muscle tension from obedience work or aiding free flowing movement for showing. Pre-season physiotherapy checks and checks as part of a maintenance health care regime during the season can help to identify issues at an early stage and assist tissue recovery post competition.
Massage as a stand-alone treatment can aid performance in agility or working dogs and play an integral role in routine health care and maintenance. Pre and post competition treatments can help to improve performance and prevent injury by aiding tissue repair. Massage can help to ease stiffness and provide pain relief in older arthritic dogs.