canine physio

Dogs and their Owners

Dogs can’t tell us if they are in pain and can be extremely good at hiding and disguising anu issues. As astute owners, however, you can be aware that something may be wrong with your dog before any obvious signs and symptoms are observed.
An ACPAT chartered physiotherapist can help your dog through a thorough assessment. Problem areas can be identified and treated enabling your dog to stay fit and healthy, whilst maintaining their function and quality of life.
Whether your dog is a pet, show dog or working dog, physiotherapy ensures they maintain strong, mobile joints with well developed, even muscle development and strength and will help support them in their work and enjoy life.
If your dog suffers from any of the following or requires rehabilitation it may benefit from physiotherapy:

  • Rehabilitation after surgery - for example following surgery for hip and elbow dysplasia and cruciate disease
  • Rehabilitation following fractures
  • Joint problems - including degenerative disease, arthritis, pain, injury, and
  • stiffness in joints
  • Elbow/ hip dysplasia
  • Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • Back, neck and pelvic pain - including intervertebral disc disease, lumbosacral stenosis
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament strains or tears
  • Neurological conditions
  • Neoplasia (Cancer)
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Difficulty with function eg. jumping, stairs
  • Reluctance to play or exercise
  • Uncharacteristic behaviour or changes in behaviour
  • Lameness
  • Obesity
Whatever your dog’s problem, a detailed past medical history of your will be discussed with your vet prior to treatment. A typical assessment will take more than an hour and will include:

  • A detailed history of the present condition
  • Assessment of conformation, skeleton, muscle and joint symmetry
  • Assessment at walk, trot
  • Examination of joint range of movement, spinal pain, stiffness and alignment
  • Assessment of muscle function, tightness and spasm
  • Examination of general health
  • Advice and expert information
From this the clinical findings will be discussed and an individualised evidence-based treatment programme will be produced.

Treatments may include:

  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Soft tissue techniques for example, massage, trigger point therapy, stretches, myofacial release.
  • Electrotherapy for example, LASER, Neuromuscular electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy or PEME (pulsed electromagnetic therapy)
  • Proprioceptive feedback to improve limb placement, co-ordination of limb flight and balance
  • Training and instruction of graded home exercise programmes towards an established goal
  • Liaison with instructors if you do dog agility to establish joint goals and ensure that instruction and therapy work together to optimise rehabilitation and performance
  • Referral to established reputable hydrotherapy centre near you
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