All treatment options are fully discussed before going ahead.
A dog is never put into a situation it will not accept comfortably.
A treatment session usually consists of:-
- A thorough assessment to determine the nature and extent of the condition/injury
- The effect of the condition/injury
- The appropriate treatment regime required
The word “Chartered” can only be used by physiotherapists who are fully trained, qualified and registered to practice. Look for the letters MCSP after a therapist’s title.
Physiotherapy Techniques include:-
- Massage – to aid circulation and reduce swelling
- Manipulation – to gently mobilise joints, soft tissues etc
- Electrotherapy – to promote the healing process, reduce scar tissue and relieve pain
- Passive movements – to mobilise stiff joints, ligaments etc
- Hydrotherapy – to strengthen muscles and aid recovery following surgery or debility. Can also aid weight loss in conjunction with a weight-reducing diet. (The use of the hydrotherapy pool is currently suspended due to Covid-19. We look forward to opening it again when it is safe to do so.)
- Underwater Treadmill Therapy – to re educate and strengthen muscles following surgery or nerve damage. The automatic incline is used in the later stages of rehabilitation. Also good for senior dogs when maintaining their exercise regime
- Rehabilitation – a purpose designed exercise programme
- Owner education – where appropriate, teaching save treatment techniques and care methods
Very often a combination of techniques is used to achieve the best results.
Veterinary referral is essential
ACPAT – The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy