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Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy

PhysioMy.Dog - Holistic Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy & Other Hands on Therapies for your Dog

Animal Physiotherapy (physical therapy) is also known as Veterinary Physiotherapy and is a complementary therapy carried out with veterinary consent.  For the best results treatment should begin in the early stages after an injury or surgery.

 

Typical reasons why an animal would benefit from physiotherapy

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Joint Injuries

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Nerve Injuries

  • Muscle Strains

  • Inflammation & Swelling

  • Pain

  • Overuse Injuries

  • Recovery from an operation

  • Gait abnormalities - ie the animal starts to walk or move differently

The main aim of physiotherapy is "to assist the body to heal itself", optimising the body's natural healing process.  Physiotherapy can help a dog's outcome and help them get back to fighting fit sooner, often reducing the need for long term pain relief medication.

What To Expect

Following an operation or injury, maintaining an ongoing condition such as Osteoarthritis, elbow/hip dysplasia, spondylosis or simply old age, your dog may need to strengthen specific muscle groups and restore full range of movement.  

  • Rehabilitation is an important part for your dog's recovery and the best results tend to occur if treatment starts in the early stages.  

  • Short term aim will be to reduce inflammation, swelling, any infection and improve joint range of motion.  

  • Long term will be to restore full range of movement and weight bearing, build stamina, strengthen the supporting tissues and muscles and slow any deterioration of the affect area/joint.  Most importantly will help your dog feel good again!

How I Can Help?

  • Personalised Treatment Sessions - I will use the most appropriate therapies depending on your dog's specific needs to help get your dog moving better and more comfortably.

  • Expert Advice & Knowledge - Using evidence based information, I can point you in the right direction on how you can help your dog in between sessions.

  • Tailored Rehabilitation/Aftercare Program - I will put together an easy to follow program to help build up your pet's strength and restore mobility.

I incorporate all relevant therapies during my treatment sessions including

  • Therapeutic Exercise 

    • Stretching

    • Strengthening activities

    • Movement re-education

    • Balance and proprioception re-training

    • Activities that focus on strengthening & flexibility

    • Movement re-education

    • Balance and proprioception re-training

    • Exercise Management

    • Home Environment

  • Physio Therapeutic Modalities

    • Light Therapy

    • Ultrasound

    • Cryotherapy (ice pack)

    • Thermotherapy (heat pack)

Benefits of Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy

  • Increased rate of recovery from injury & surgery

  • Improved functional abilities

  • Pain reduction

  • Increased strength & range of motion

  • Improved quality of life​​

Common conditions physiotherapy can help

  • Muscle strain/tightness

  • Muscle wastage/atrophy

  • Broken/fractured bones

  • Ruptured tendons & ligaments of limbs & joints

  • Cruciate ligament disease

  • Hip & elbow dysplasia

  • Intervertebral Disc Protrusion

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes

  • Lumbrosacral Disease

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteochondritis

  • Patella Luxation

  • Rehabilitation post surgery or injury

  • Spondylosis

Read how Jenson benefited from Physiotherapy after TPLO surgery for Cruciate Ligament Disease.

"I can’t thank Harriet enough for the care and attention given to our 4 year old Labrador Bailey helping her to recuperate after an operation for elbow dysplasia.

 

Bailey had limped for a long time prior to the operation & was considerably weaker on one side of her body as a consequence. 

 

The massage & physio given to Bailey by Harriet along with home exercises Harriet advised in between sessions meant that after a couple of months Bailey was back to her usual self and enjoying long walks again.  I particularly like the fact that Harriet comes to your house, I am sure this made it a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for Bailey.   

 

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Harriet to any pet owners considering this kind of treatment for their pets." Julie, Owner.

Rehabilitation exercises such as pole work, means your dog has to lift up their paws helps mobility, weight bearing, strengthens limbs & improves range of movement.

Soft tissue manual techniques such as massage can have a huge impact on how your dog moves and feels.

Wobble boards can help strengthen your dog's core muscles, strength, balance & proprioception 

Having to lift up the paws helps mobility, weight bearing, strengthens limbs & improves range of movement.

Whilst recovering from injury usually 1:1 controlled exercise is recommended to restore fitness.  I can help!

"Harriet is amazing ... not only with the treatment of my girl Maddie but she is also a huge emotional support for the owner  :-) 

 

Always just a message away of there is a worry.  She is very sufficient when it comes to writing and sending reports to vets.  Maddie loves her physio session with Harriet and I can only highly recommend Harriet." Tammy, Owner.

Applying ice pack to help reduce swelling after TPLO surgery for cruciate liagment disease 

Walking up & down stairs/steps in a controlled way on lead, helps to strengthen muscles & core.

Hydrotherapy is non impact & weight bearing.  An excellent way to restore full range of movement & build muscle.