What Therapies Do We Offer?
Three main physiotherapy sessions are available for your animal once your vet has granted permission for physiotherapy. An initial assessment which all animals must have to start any treatment program. A follow-up session for animals that are having ongoing treatment for a condition. Finally, a maintenance session for those that have finished a rehabilitation program and owners who would like to continue to check that their animals are coping or for owners that would like to start a prehabilitation (reduce the risk of injury) plan.
Once the assessment has been completed a tailor-made rehabilitation/prehabilitation plan will be created using the tools described below. All animals can benefit from therapy, so please get in touch if you would like some more information.
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Massage has many benefits including helping sore muscles and increasing blood flow to help healing. Animals with neurological disorders to help improve the nerves' ability to function and reducing oedema. Depending on what the desired outcome is, will influence the strokes that I will use.
Stretching is a really important tool for helping to realign scar tissue. When an injury heals the collagen laid down in the scar tissue isn't very elastic, but stretching can be used to allow it to become more elastic. As a result, the muscle tissue becomes more functional.
Range of Motion
Range of Motion is a tool that primarily is used to assess how much movement a joint has. Therapeutically, this can be used to improve or maintain joint health, particularly in less mobile cases. This can also be done actively such as sit to stands and pole work.
LASER is actually an acronym for, light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. More simply put, it is where the waves in a beam of light are closer together and become more concentrated and targeted. Although, photobiomodulation is becoming the new name for this form of treatment. It is a great tool that can be used to help a range of conditions and compensations such as back pain, reduced joint range of motion and wound healing.
This device has so many different names, but most commonly are the BioMag, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT) or I tend to call the device, a pulse mag. They all mean the same thing. They are essentially a copper wire-wrapped round iron with an electrical current running through them. This is different from other magnetic devices, due to the magnetic field being able to be switched off. It is this pulsing that causes the therapeutic benefits. With a wide range of settings, it gives many different treatment options, such as pain relief, fracture healing and swelling reduction!
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
TENS is a device that works on the nervous system to help reduce pain. It's most effective on short/clipped coats when the electrons can get good contact with the skin in order to stimulate the nervous system.
NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation)
NMES looks very similar to TENS instead it is used to maintain muscle mass. Similar to TENS it works by stimulating the nervous system. Unfortunately, this device cannot build muscle, which is backed by scientific research!
Thermal/heat therapies are mainly used for painful muscles and to improve healing, by increasing blood flow to the area bringing lots of helpful nutrients and healing cells. As a result, it will help speed up healing time.
Cold therapy, is primarily used to control inflammation, by reducing blood flow to the area. It's important not to remove inflammation as this is what heals our tissues, without it tissues will not heal. As well as this, cold can also be used to reduce pain due to it slowing down the firing of nerves. Leading us on to helping with neurological patients, by changing the firing of nerves it can improve their sensitivity.
Not only are exercises great for building muscles, but exercise can also promote healthy joints and improve proprioception. Proprioception is how good an animal is aware of its legs and body. This is really important as poor proprioception could mean that your animal falls over a lot leading to possible injury.
Kinesiology taping influence can be altered depending on how the tape is applied. One of the functions is making the body aware of an area to improve its way of going. Similarly taping can be used to support an area such as a joint. I also sell rock tape, if you would like to use it yourself after it has been demonstrated.