We are pleased to now be able to offer a service in veterinary physiotherapy. Physiotherapy aims to reduce pain, improve movement and restore function. Veterinary Physiotherapists can only take on patients following veterinary referral. Laura Francis is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and is currently completing her Masters Research Project. She is also our Head Rehabilitation Trainer and so can ensure sessions are always run with your dogs welfare in mind.
Physiotherapy can include:
- Thorough functional assessment – including gait assessment, and palpation where applicable
- Stance analysis – using our Companion Animal Health Stance Analyser we can objectively measure the amount of weight your dog puts through each limb
- Manual therapies – include a range of massage techniques and soft tissue mobilisations, as well as stretches and myofascial release
- Photobiomodulation – our class IV LASER device can be used for pain relief as well as tissue healing
- Remedial exercise programmes – a personalised exercise programme will be used for treatment of your dog. This includes weight shifting, re-education of gait patterns, muscle strengthening, increased proprioception and co-ordination as well as balance and flexibility.
- Home management advice – often management at home is one of the most key areas to help treat your pet. This might include avoiding slipping on the floor or jumping in and out of the car.