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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy improves function and quality of movement, meaning an improved quality of life. It will reduce pain,swelling and post-op complications and in turn improve tissue structure and vascularisation. This will mean a more speedy recovery time with increased range of motion, strength and endurance.

Physiotherapy is a non-invasive approach that has psychological implications for both animal and owner. It can be used to prevent further injuries or improve the body of an athlete animal. Compensatory issues will be picked up swiftly and dealt with immediately rather than building up causing further problems. Physiotherapy is about the body as a whole including body weight, muscle mass, areas of discomfort and animal wellbeing.


Treatment may include manual techniques or the use of therapeutic equipment such as Pulsed Electric Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), Phototherapy, Therapeutic Ultrasound, TENS, NMES. Manual techniques may include massage, stretching and passive range of movement.

Massage is useful for dissolving adhesions, warming muscles and preparing the body for stretching. Stretching increases flexibility and movement of the muscle and joints meaning improved range of movement. Passive Range Of Movement (PROM) includes flexion, extension and mobilisation of the joints to improve vascularisation.

Massage is a broad topic with each form of massage having a different effect:

Physiotherapy is not a miracle cure, rehabilitation will need to be continued in the home by means of remedial exercise, weight control and exercise programs.

Donna Boddie