Physiotherapy is commonly used in relation to human medicine, a normal recommendation when you have had surgery, or suffer orthopaedic or neuropathic pain. There are many ailments that physiotherapy can positively influence.
Human physiotherapy is more widely accepted than veterinary physiotherapy, even though veterinary physio has been around for over 30 years.
It is recognised to improve the success and speed of return to function.
• Movement Therapies – ranging from passive range of movement of limbs and joints (movement without ‘effort’)
assisted walking through to obstacle course exercises for the very advanced patient
• Manual Therapies – such as mobilisation techniques to loosen joint stiffness or reduce pain
• Soft Tissue Techniques – including massage and myofascial release techniques aimed at loosening tensions in and between soft tissues.
Physiotherapy involves managing both the primary and secondary problems – primary could be cruciate ligament rupture on the right knee, whereas the secondary would be the weight distributed inappropriately in the other 3 legs and back because of the dog shifting the weight away from the painful region.
After a diagnosis from your vet, it can be very helpful to be referred to a qualified Physiotherapist that will help you with your pet’s recovery and its quality of life.