Treatments

Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy.

Jennifer has specialist knowledge in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology, and uses detailed assessments to tailor treatment to each animal’s condition and stage of rehabilitation.

A combination of evidence-based and scientific techniques along with compassion and understanding leads to individually designed physiotherapy sessions to benefit each animal.

Manual therapies

Hands on techniques form the backbone of the majority of physiotherapy treatments, although the needs of each animal is always unique. Techniques used may include:

  • Massage

  • Trigger point release

  • Myofascial release

  • Range of motion

  • Stretching

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Thermotherapy and cryotherapy

  • Acupressure

Electrotherapies

Modalities available to optimise results include:

  • Photobiomodulation (LASER and low level light therapy [LLLT])

  • Therapeutic ultrasound

  • Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)

Use of electrotherapies, as with all elements of assessment and treatment, is always clinically reasoned with justification for use.



Exercise

To gain maximum benefit and prolong the effects from physiotherapy treatment, a home exercise plan may be prescribed. This could include:

  • Stretching

  • (Assisted) active range of motion

  • Functional movements

  • Proprioceptive enhancements

  • Balance and stabilisation exercises

  • In hand exercises and groundwork

  • Varying terrain and obstacles