Veterinary Physiotherapy is rapidly becoming recognized as an essential and valuable part of canine rehabilitation. It also plays an important role in helping to keep canine athletes in tip top condition, which in turn can help improve their performance. Physiotherapy helps in restoring function by educating the animal to move correctly therefore reducing the chance of injury or further injury. Physiotherapy is also used to promote the healing and rehabilitation of the animal post surgery/injury. It can help with reducing pain, inflammation and generally improve quality of life to the dog in a variety of different canine conditions such as;
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Elbow or hip dysplasia
- Spinal injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Fracture repair
- Neurological problems
Each animal is assessed on an individual basis and a treatment program is prescribed as necessary. Treatments can consist of a number of techniques, including massage, stretching, myofacial release, range of motion, electrotherapies (including laser) and specific exercises. Owners are normally given a home exercise plan for their dog which is revised at each visit. Land based physiotherapy and hydrotherapy can work extremely well together, and offer the dog the best chance to optimise its rehabilitation and recovery, which is why we offer this full combined service at our centre.
Tina McAdam is a Veterinary Physiotherapist and the Centre Manager. Being an agility handler herself Tina has a good understanding of what is required of the canine athlete. As well as orthopaedic rehabilitation we treat all types of dogs, especially those involved in the sport of dog agility. Dogs are assessed on musculoskeletal health, fitness and are treated as necessary. Owners are given a home exercise program which will help address any areas of weakness that may have been identified during the assessment.