What happens at a canine physio appointment?
During an initial assessment your physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history of your dog and discuss your expectations from physiotherapy. The initial assessment will include some or all of the following:
Range of movement testing
Muscle tone and strength assessment
Physiotherapy treatment aims to promote normal movement patterns, reduce muscle imbalances and relieve pain. Treatments include:
Manual therapies - joint mobilisation, soft tissue release, trigger point release
Electrotherapies (phototherapy, muscle stimulation, TENs)
Why does your dog need vet physio?
Dogs like people can suffer with pain and musculoskeletal problems following injury or illness. Physiotherapy can help relieve pain and improve function in working, competition and pet dogs. Physiotherapy is advised for dogs participating in:
Working gun dogs
Assistance and guide dogs
Police and security work
Common injuries & conditions affecting dogs
Post-op rehabilitation: TPLO/TTA/ joint replacement/ amputations spinal fusions
Elbow or hip dysplasia
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)