Animal/Vet Physiotherapy

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

Animal Physiotherapy - also known as Veterinary Physiotherapy - is a complementary therapy carried out with veterinary consent.

 

​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!

  • Read more on what happens during a treatment session here.

 

From my own research, physiotherapy can enhance wellbeing by reducing dog's heart rate up to 30% and improve their mobility by increasing range of motion up to 25%.

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.

  • Therapeutic Exercise 

    • Stretching

    • Strengthening activities

    • Movement re-education

    • Balance and proprioception re-training

    • Activities that focus on strengthening & flexibility

    • Movement re-education

    • Exercise Management

    • Home Environment Advice

  • Physio Therapeutic Modalities

    • Light Therapy

    • Ultrasound

    • Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)

    • Cryotherapy (ice pack)

    • Thermotherapy (heat pack)

Benefits of Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy

  • Aids rehabilitation, function & flexibility - helping your dog be more comfortable in their movement.

  • Increase rate of recovery from injury & surgery - speeding up the body's natural healing powers.

  • Encourages blood circulation – increasing the amount of oxygen that reaches tissue, flushing out toxins and waste.

  • Helps to improving muscle tone and range of motion - extremely beneficial for active dogs, as helps to strengthen the muscles and flexibility.

  • Helps injured muscle heal faster, reduce stiffness and tight joints - reducing discomfort from conditions like arthritis, lameness, hip & elbow dysplasia, spondylosis etc, helping to restore mobility.

  • Helps to relieve pain – due to inducing cells to release cytokines and instructing the brain to release pain-killing endorphins.  Helping to improve quality of life.

  • Can enhance overall well-being – providing comfort, relaxation.

  • Helps Manage Ongoing Conditions - ensuring your dog has good quality of life without having to miss out.

Typical Reasons for Physiotherapy

  • Broken/fracture bones (post op)

  • Cruciate ligament disease

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

  • Hip & elbow dysplasia

  • Intervertebral Disc Protrusion

  • Joint injuries

  • Muscle strain/tightness

  • Muscle wastage/atrophy

  • Ruptured tendons & ligaments

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes

  • Lumbrosacral Disease

  • Luxating Patella

  • Nerve pain/injury

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteochondritis

  • Overuse injuiries

  • Pain Relief

  • Rehabilitation post surgery or injury

  • Soft tissue injuiry

  • Spondylosis

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

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.

"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.

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

"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.

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

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

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

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.