Veterinary Physiotherapy is a science based profession specialising in the prevention and treatment of soft tissue (Muscle, Ligament, tendon), joint and neurological conditions that affect movement and function.
The aim of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance.
Physiotherapy involves assessing the problems of each individual animal and designing a treatment plan accordingly. Physiotherapists have a large variety of treatment options to help provide pain relief and restore normal function. The techniques used include soft tissue and joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, myofascial release and trigger point release. Electrotherapy such as laser, ultrasound, magnetotherapy, TENS and electrical muscle stimulation can be used in appropriate cases.
Many animals require specific exercises to complete their rehabilitation, especially after surgery or a acute or chronic musculo-skeletal problem. Physiotherapist are able to devise individual exercise programs to help each animal (plus riders and handlers too) to reach their full potential.
Physiotherapists can also give advice on adaptations to your animals' environment that will help them perform tasks more easily. This can be especially helpful for older animals or for those who have recently had surgery.
The title 'Chartered Physiotherapist' is protected by law and can only be used by physiotherapists who have achieved a high level of academic and practical training in all aspects of physiotherapy and are consequently qualified and registered to practice. How ever the title of animal physiotherapist and veterinary physiotherapist is not protected so it is wise to ensure any physiotherapist that you ask to assess your animal is chartered and a member of ACPAT (The association of chartered physiotherapist in animal therapy.)
Legally in order to assess an animal a veterinary referral is required. This can be in the form of a letter from your vet, a copy of your animals history/notes or a completed and signed Referral form from your vet. Please see the referral page for further information.