Physiotherapy aims to identify and address areas of pain or dysfunction, whilst reducing the risk of injury, promoting healing and improving quality of life. Working alongside your vet, physiotherapy can be used to treat a variety of specific musculoskeletal conditions, congenital or neurological issues, or as maintenance to ensure your animal remains comfortable and competition-ready. From the companion pet and happy-hacker, to the competition horse or dog, physiotherapy has its place in all animal’s ongoing care.
Treatments are tailored to each animal’s needs, following a full physical and mobility assessment. Follow up advice is given, as well as a specific exercise programme to address each animal’s needs. Helena works closely with vets, trainers, saddlers, farriers and behaviourists to provide a holistic treatment approach.
Veterinary physiotherapists have a high level of training that provides them with a wealth of knowledge on equine and small animal conditions, allowing them to correctly implement optimum treatment modalities in the appropriate intensity and duration to maximise healing and recovery.
A combination of treatment modalities is often required to achieve the best results, and can include:
- Soft tissue and joint mobilisation
- Laser therapy
- Electrotherapies (including TENS and NMES)
- Heat/cold therapy
- Kinesiology taping
Exercise advice and prescription are also imperative to target:
- Muscle strengthening and re-education
- Building core stability and strength
- Encouragement and confidence to load a limb
- Addressing compensatory movement patterns
- Proprioceptive training
- Gait re-education
- Improving flexibility
- Maintaining and improving joint range of motion
Just a note…
Veterinary consent must be obtained for all animals prior to the first treatment. If your animal has an undiagnosed issue, it may not be possible to gain consent to carry out treatment. It is therefore advised that your animal is frequently reviewed by your vet at least annually.
Physiotherapy is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. If your animal is lame, a review with your vet should be arranged to diagnose the issue before physiotherapy can commence. Any animal that is lame on assessment will not be treated and referred to the vet.
Helena Whiting Veterinary Physiotherapy
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