Rehabilitating injury and enhancing performance
What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?
Veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy used alongside veterinary care to relieve pain, improve function, and enhance performance. Like people, animals can greatly benefit from physiotherapy and are often referred for treatment to rehabilitate after an injury or surgery, or for long-term management of an ongoing condition. Veterinary physiotherapy can also assist performance development in the animal athlete by minimising the potential risk of injury and maximising performance in competitive and working animals.
A veterinary physiotherapist is able to identify problems, or potential problems, within the musculoskeletal system with a combination of in-depth assessment techniques and a detailed knowledge of anatomy. This guides them to select the most appropriate treatments to either address existing problems, or prevent a problem from developing. A veterinary physiotherapy treatment programme takes a holistic approach and will typically consist of a combination of different treatment methods, including manual therapies, electrotherapies, remedial exercise prescription, and management advice.