Treatments

All treatment options are fully discussed before going ahead.

A dog is never put into a situation it will not accept comfortably.

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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.

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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

MCSP – Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Physio First – The Organisation which represents Physiotherapists in private practice