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What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

Benefits of Physiotherapy: FAQ

What is veterinary physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy improves the well-being of a variety of animals, including competition, working and leisure animals. It can be used as a rehabilitation tool post-injury or surgery, or as a pre-habilitation tool to strengthen the animal to prevent injury and improve performance. 

An individualised treatment plan is created following a thorough assessment. Techniques and therapies that may be included are:

  • Massage & stretching

  • LASER therapy

  • Therapeutic ultrasound

  • Hot or cold therapy

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)

  • Pulsed-electro magnetic field therapy

  • Microcurrent

  • H-wave

  • Remedial exercises

What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

  • Reduces pain, swelling, muscles spasms and muscle tension

  • Increases joint mobility and range of motion

  • Increases joint stability

  • Improves tissue health to reduce the risk of injury

  • Helps to manage long term conditions such as arthritis

  • Increases strength and condition

  • Improves proprioception

  • Returns the animal as close as possible to performance pre-injury or pre-surgery

  • Promotes general well-being

  • Improves performance

What are some common equine conditions that can be treated with physiotherapy?

  • Back pain

  • Muscle pain, tension & soreness

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Muscle imbalance

  • Muscle, tendon or ligament injuries

  • Nerve injuries

  • Joint conditions e.g. arthritis

  • Swelling

  • Acute or chronic conditions

What are some common canine conditions that can be treated with physiotherapy?

  • Joint conditions e.g. hip or elbow dysplasia, arthritis

  • Ligament injuries

  • Neurological conditions

  • Fractures

  • Obesity

  • Reduced mobility

  • Acute or chronic conditions

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