Treatments

A wide range of treatment options are available to your dog. Your Physiotherapist will select appropriate treatment combination after a careful and thorough assessment. Rarely will one treatment modality be used alone. Physiotherapists aim to treat the root cause of the problem for long term resolution rather than treating the symptoms alone over and over again. We work closely with vets and other professionals to develop realistic and effective treatment plans with a sound evidence base. Below are some examples of treatments that your dog may benefit from.

Exercise programmes

  • Strengthening
  • Mobilising
  • Stabilising
  • Balancing
  • Conditioning

Thermal agents

  • Cryotherapy – using ice or cold to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Heat – to relax muscles, improve circulation and reduce pain.

Manual Therapy

  • Massage – to mobilise fascia and soft tissues, improve circulation and removal of waste products, resolve swelling, relax muscles and provide positive psychological associations with touch.
  • Peripheral joint mobilisation – to reduce joint pain and stiffness, enhance circulation and synovial fluid production.
  • Spinal joint mobilisation – to reduce joint pain and stiffness, enhance circulation and synovial fluid production, mobilise and decompress nerve roots.
  • Trigger point therapy – to relieve pain and enhance muscle function.
  • Myofascial release – to reduce restrictions, promote correct postural alignment
    and movement patterns.

Electrophysical agents

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – for pain relief and promotion of wound and soft tissue healing.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – for long lasting pain relief.
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) – for retraining muscle function and prevention of atrophy.
  • Ultrasound Therapy – For promotion of speedy and high quality tissue repair.
  • Pulsed Electro Magnetic Energy (PEME)- for resolution of swelling, pain relief and tissue repair including bone.