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Veterinary physiotherapy has long been established for horses and is now growing in popularity in the small animal sector, particularly post-operatively, post-injury and for managing congenital or age related disorders in dogs. However, it is also beneficial for improving and maintaining performance in the canine athlete.
Advances in veterinary medicine has lead to the surgical treatment of conditions such elbow or hip dysplasia, disk degeneration and cranial cruciate ligament rupture and the benefits of physiotherapy post-operatively are well reported. These benefits include; pain relief, increased muscle mass, increased joint range of motion, gait retraining and consequently accelerated return to full function. Additionally, pre-surgical physiotherapy treatment strengthens the musculoskeletal system in preparation for surgery and accelerates return to full function post-operatively. On the other hand, physiotherapy can be utilised to manage these conditions conservatively, by decelerating disease progression and treating compensatory issues.
Neurological patients particularly benefit from physiotherapy for maintenance of musculoskeletal motion while the patient is unable to perform these movements themselves. Physiotherapy therefore prevents joint and soft tissue contracture, maintains muscle mass and joint range of motion and promotes proprioception, balance and gait retraining.
It is often well accepted that dogs naturally slow down with age, however, often this is due to the onset of osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy, in the form of manual therapy, electrotherapy and remedial exercise prescription can relieve pain, decelerate the progression of osteoarthritis and can address compensatory issues. See my Services page or contact me to find out more.