One definition is:
‘Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being’.
This is the definition given for physiotherapy within the human medical world, however it still holds true and accurate for the veterinary patient.
Following any sort of health issue, whether it is a medical disease, or intervention for an orthopaedic or neurological condition, many veterinary patients are significantly affected with regards to their function. Recumbency (this means lying down or resting) – whether or not it is because of an inability following severe medical illness, pain, or enforced by the surgeon following surgery – will certainly lead to tightness within muscles and joints, with muscle wasting inevitably developing with prolonged rest, there is also the possibility of other complications involving the cardiovascular, respiratory systems and psychological problems developing.
Animal physiotherapists are trained in both manual techniques, such as massage, acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point release, soft tissue work and joint mobilisation, as well as electrotherapies such as Radiofrequency therapies, laser, ultrasound, electro stimulation and pulsed electromagnetic therapy. These are combined with the aim to promote and speed up recovery to promote good independent function, maintain and prevent secondary preventable complications developing and essentially restore the veterinary patient to good functional status. As an animal physiotherapist I will create a full exercise rehabilitation programme specifically for your animals condition when appropriate, this is to ensure that your pet's body can repair correctly and reduce the incidence of re-injury. Animals are treated at The Sidings Veterinary Surgery Cirencester, or at my treatment studio near Stroud, (domiciliary visits can also be arranged).